Night-time heat is killing crops. Scientists are rushing to find resilient plants

Harkamal Walia
Harkamal Walia

by Olivia Paschal in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Researchers at Arkansas State University Biosciences Institute are part of a race to figure out how to create varieties of rice that can withstand the impacts of a fast-changing climate. This is part of a wider project to understand the impacts of nocturnal temperatures on crops called the Wheat and Rice Center for Heat Resilience (WRCHR), a collaboration which also includes the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University. Harkamal Walia is leading the research collaboration to develop new varieties of wheat and rice at Nebraska.

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