Temperature Adaptation in a Changing Climate

Temperature Adaptation in a Changing Climate

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Cold adaptation is a much neglected field in the minds of climate change researchers and policy makers. However, increasing fluctuations in temperature means that the risk of cold stress will pose an increasing threat to both wild and cultivated plants and animals, with frost injury expected to cause devastating damage to crops on an increasingly large scale. Conversely, species already adapted to cold seasonality are declining in numbers and threatening both wildlife and human food sources. Thus, improving shared knowledge of the biological mechanisms of cold adaptation in plants and animals will help prevent major losses of crops and genetic resources in the future. This book is the first to focus on the mechanistic similarities between species in their responses to cold in a multi-organism approach that addresses the challenges and impacts of climate change on cold adaptation in micro-organisms (including pathogens), invertebrates, economically and scientifically important plants and vertebrates in both terrestrial and marine environments. The book concludes with a focus on the interactions between organisms, exploring common mechanisms in cold adaptation and dormancy.... that are constitutively cold-adapted, even when they have had no experience of low temperatures (Nakamichi et al., 2009). ... Through the elevated synthesis of molecular chaperones and proteases that repair protein damage, the HSR isanbsp;...

Title:Temperature Adaptation in a Changing Climate
Author:Kenneth B. Storey, Karen K. Tanino
Publisher:CABI - 2012


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