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Climate change harmful to wheat production

A study involving Kansas State University researchers published in a recent issue of the scientific journal Nature Climate Change concluded that nearly a quarter of the world’s wheat production could be lost in coming decades because of extreme weather from climate change. “That’s challenging because the world will have to at least double our food supply in the next 30 years if we’re going to feed 9.6 billion people,” said Vara Prasad, a professor of crop ecophysiology at K-State. The researchers hope to prevent some of this loss by helping farmers around the world select more weather-tolerant and resilient wheat varieties. – Phillip Brownlee