Rising temperatures may safeguard crop nutrition as climate changes

Hotter temperatures may offset the negative effects of higher carbon dioxide levels on seed quality

Soybeans grow under heaters used to mimic futuristic conditions. Their seeds suggest that rising temperatures may actually improve nutrition but decrease yields, according to a new study.

Recent research has shown that rising carbon dioxide levels will likely boost yields, but at the cost of nutrition. A new studysuggests that this is an incomplete picture of the complex environmental interactions that will affect crops in the future — and rising temperatures may actually benefit nutrition but at the expense of lower yields.

Recent research has shown that rising carbon dioxide levels will likely boost yields, but at the cost of nutrition. A new study in Plant Journal from the University of Illinois, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), and Donald Danforth Plant Science Center suggests that this is an incomplete picture of the complex environmental interactions that will affect crops in the future — and rising temperatures may actually benefit nutrition but at the expense of lower yields.

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