Submitted to: Open Access Government
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/30/2018
Publication Date: 9/10/2018
Citation: Wisniewski, M.E., Livingston, D.P. 2018. Plant cold hardiness in a changing climate. Open Access Government. p. 1-2.
Technical Abstract: The increasing occurrence of extreme weather events due to climate change are inducing severe episodes of freezing injury on our modern cultivars of crop plants, exposing them to temperature events for which they have not been bred to cope with, or for which native plants have not had time to adapt to through selection pressures. Only by recognizing the complexity of cold hardiness as a polygenic trait, defined by both biophysical and biochemical adaptations that impact survival, can progress be made in improving cold hardiness in a changing climate. This will necessitate a strong commitment to conduct cold hardiness research.