Presenting an overview of agroecology within the framework of climate change, this book looks at the impact of our changing climate on crop production and agroecosystems, reporting on how plants will cope with these changes, and how we can mitigate these negative impacts to ensure food production for the growing population. It explores the ways that farmers can confront the challenges of climate change, with contributed chapters from around the world demonstrating the different challenges associated with differing climates. Examples are provided of the approaches being taken right now to expand the ecological, physiological, morphological, and productive potential of a range of crop types.

  • Describes the effects and responses of the macro and micro levels of crops under the different components of climate change
  • Reports on the adaptation and resilience of food production systems within the changing climate
  • Covers how plants cope with the changing climate including physiological, biochemical, phenotype, and ecosystem responses
  • Provides an in-depth discussion on the importance of agricultural education connected to climate change
  • Giving readers a greater understanding of the mechanisms of plant resilience to climate change, this book provides new insights into improving the productivity of an individual crop species as well as bringing resistance and resiliency to the entire agroecosystem. It offers a strong foundation for changing research and education programs so that they build the resistance and resilience that will be needed for the uncertain climate future ahead.

    chapter 1|17 pages

    Climate Change and Crop Production

    Set the Stage for Resilience
    ByNoureddine Benkeblia, Rachel E. Schattman, Sarah Wiener, Gabrielle Roesch-McNally

    chapter 2|15 pages

    Crop Species Responses and Adaptation to Rise in Carbon Dioxide and Temperature

    ByNoureddine Benkeblia, Charles A. Francis

    chapter 3|23 pages

    Physiological and Morphological Mechanisms Mediating Plant Tolerance to Osmotic Stress

    Balancing Tolerance and Productivity
    ByMd. Hasanuzzaman, Meixue Zhou, Sergey Shabala

    chapter 5|12 pages

    Wild Relative Species and Genetic Engineering

    Improving Crops in Response to Climate Change
    ByNoureddine Benkeblia

    chapter 6|21 pages

    Tropical Crops and Resilience to Climate Change

    ByNoureddine Benkeblia, Melinda McHenry, Jake Crisp, Philippe Roudier

    chapter 7|26 pages

    Climate Change and Resilience of Agroecosystems

    Mitigation through Agroforestry, Permaculture, and Perennial Polyculture Systems
    ByNoureddine Benkeblia, Donka Radeva

    chapter 8|12 pages

    Dynamics of Crop Production in a Heterogeneous Landscape

    What Are the Opportunities for Enhancing Communal Farmers’ Resilience to Climate Change Impacts?
    ByMunyaradzi Chitakira, Luxon Nhamo

    chapter 9|20 pages

    The Pulse of Pulses under Climate Change

    From Physiology to Phenology
    ByArchana Joshi-Saha, Kandali S. Reddy

    chapter 10|9 pages

    Diversifying Agriculture with Novel Crop Introductions to Abandoned Lands with Suboptimal Conditions

    BySarah C. Davis, Jacqueline E. Kloepfer, Jesse A. Mayer, John C. Cushman

    chapter 11|13 pages

    Agroecology Education to Sustain Resilient Food Production

    ByCharles A. Francis, Tor Arvid Breland, Geir Lieblein, Anna Marie Nicolaysen