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Researchers try producing potato resistant to climate change

Researchers try producing potato resistant to climate change

AP News reports on researchers who are trying to produce a new variety of potato.

The C3 Take
  • Researcher at the University of Maine are looking for ways to produce potatoes that are more resistant to high temperatures from climate change.
  • Increased temperatures can extend growing seasons, but scientists warn that this could lead to quality problems and disease.
  • NASA projects that corn yields could decline, and wheat yields could increase, under a warming greenhouse gas scenario.

“’It takes 10 years of selection after that initial cross pollination, and it might take two to five years before enough commercial evaluation has taken place to release a new potato variety,’ Porter said.”

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