Climate rise places Africa’s vital maize crop at risk

Metro: A rise in temperature of just 1C could devastate yields of Africa's vital maize crop by as much as a fifth. Even with adequate amounts of rain, two-thirds would suffer losses, new research indicates. 'The pronounced effect of heat on maize was surprising because we assumed maize to be among the more heat-tolerant crops,' said Dr Marianne Banziger, from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre based in El Batan, Mexico. 'Essentially, the longer a maize crop is exposed to temperatures......

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