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Review article - Peer-reviewed, 2011

The impact of global warming on plant diseases and insect vectors in Sweden

Roos, Jonas; Hopkins, Richard; Kvarnheden, Anders; Dixelius, Christina

Abstract

Cold winters and geographic isolation have hitherto protected the Nordic countries from many plant pathogens and insect pests, leading to a comparatively low input of pesticides. The changing climate is projected to lead to a greater rise in temperature in this region, compared to the global mean. In Scandinavia, a milder and more humid climate implies extended growing seasons and possibilities to introduce new crops, but also opportunities for crop pests and pathogens to thrive in the absence of long cold periods. Increased temperatures, changed precipitation patterns and new cultivation practices may lead to a dramatic change in crop health. Examples of diseases and insect pest problems predicted to increase in incidence and severity due to global warming are discussed.

Keywords

Agricultural crops; Climate change; Pathogens

Published in

European Journal of Plant Pathology
2011, volume: 129, number: 1, pages: 9-19
Publisher: SPRINGER

Authors' information

Roos, Jonas
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Biology
Hopkins, Richard
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Biology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Biology

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG13 Climate action

UKÄ Subject classification

Agricultural Science
Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10658-010-9692-z

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/57545