Location: Sugarcane Field StationTitle: Potential Impact of Climate Change on Sugarcane Production and Mitigation Strategies
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/28/2021
Publication Date: 4/30/2021
Citation: Zhao, D. 2021. Potential Impact of Climate Change on Sugarcane Production and Mitigation Strategies. Meeting Abstract.
Technical Abstract: Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L.) production and sustainability have been directly or indirectly affected and will continue to be considerably affected by increases in the frequency and intensity of extremely environmental conditions, such as drought, flood, high temperature, hurricanes, due to climate change. Although sugarcane is more tolerant to the changes in some of the stress conditions compared to other crops in production regions. The negative impact of climate change on sugarcane production are likely to worsen in the future, especially if greenhouse gas emissions remain high. Agricultural scientists, growers, and policy makers need to work closely in order to mitigate the negative impact of climate change on sugarcane yield and quality and to improve productivity by development of high-yielding cultivars with tolerance to diseases and other biotic and abiotic stresses, adaptation of cropping systems, and best management practices. The USDA-ARS Canal Point sugarcane breeding and cultivar development program has been playing the important role in the United States sugarcane production and sustainability because of approved genetic gains of new cultivars. Improving the resilience of sugarcane agricultural systems to climate change requires protection of the natural resource for sustainability. Reducing production cost by introduction and development of creative technologies and expanding use of sugarcane products may also improve sustainability and profitability.