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3-Part Series on Climate Change and the Future of our Natural and Agricultural Systems

​Webinar Series Summary

​​Climate change is one of the most important threats to the future of sustainable agriculture. Although the magnitude and direction of the effects of climate change on plant disease depends on the region, crop, and pathosystem; overall, it is expected a reshape in disease incidence, severity, and distribution. These changes are the result of complex interactions, which include changes in the crop physiology, environment, pathogen population, microbiome, and others. Although some rapid changes and adaptation of species to overcome climate change have been observed, and many governments have adopted initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint, it is unlikely that these measures will be enough to compensate for the deleterious effect of climate crises. Even if the goal of the Paris agreement of restricting median warming temperature 2100 to below 1.5 °C is met, there should be considerable implications to disease distribution and management under that optimistic scenario. Therefore, it is extremely important to ensure the development of plant pathology studies designed to quantify and anticipate the consequences of climate change on the establishment, development, and management of emerging plant diseases.

​This webinar series aims to raise awareness on the projections for our natural and agricultural systems (webinar 1), managing agricultural systems in a changing climate (webinar 2), and the influence of climate change on plant disease development and emerging diseases (webinar 3).

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  • Part 1: Climate Change and the Future of Natural and Agricultural Systems
  • Part 2: Adding Insult to Injury - Plant Stress, Disease, and Environmental ​Metrics in a Changing Climate
  • Part 3: Emerging Pathogens