Arable crop disease control, climate change and food security

Bruce D.L. Fitt, Neal Evans, P. Gladders, David Hughes, M.J. Jeger, J.A. Turner, Jon S. West

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Global food security is threatened by crop diseases that account for average yield losses of 16%. Climate change is exacerbating threats to food security in much of the world, emphasising the need to increase food production in northern European countries such as the UK. However, to mitigate climate change, crops must be grown so as to minimise greenhouse gas emissions (GHG); results with UK oilseed rape demonstrate how disease control in arable crops can contribute to climate change mitigation. However, work examining impacts of climate change on UK epidemics of winter oilseed rape diseases illustrates unexpected, contrasting impacts of climate change on complex plant-disease interactions. In England, phoma stem canker is expected to become more severe whilst light leaf spot is expected to become less severe. Such work can provide guidance for government and industry planning for adaptation to impacts of climate change on crops to ensure future food security
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrop Protection in Southern Britain 2011
EditorsJ Orson, M Bush, S Cook, E Boys, J Cussans
PublisherAssociation of Applied Biologists
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventCrop Protection in Southern Britain - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Feb 201124 Feb 2011


ConferenceCrop Protection in Southern Britain
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Adaptation to climate change
  • climate change mitigation
  • crop-disease-climate interactions
  • food security
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • oilseed rape diseases
  • sustainable agriculture


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