AGFACE: Climate change set to increase insect appetite

AGFACE: Climate change set to increase insect appetite

From the Agriculture Victoria website:

New research has found increased carbon dioxide levels predicted for 2050 will cause aphids to feed more leading to greater plant damage in the future.

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports earlier this month, revealed the complex interactions between plants, insect pests and viruses under future climate conditions, with implications for plant disease severity and food crop production.

Agriculture Victoria Research Scientist Dr Piotr Trębicki, who led the study, said the research showed that when it comes to pests, diseases and food crops, the effect of future climate conditions is far from well understood... continue reading.

[Image: Adults and nymphs of the aphid Rhopalosiphum padi, the main vector of Barley yellow dwarf virus which causes a disease that can reduce cereal grain quality and yield.]