Table of Contents

Global change and the origins of agriculture / J.P. Ferrio, J. Voltas and J. L. Araus.
Climate change in drylands : from assessment methods to adaptation strategies / E. De Pauw and W. Göbel.
Agronomic avenues to maximize the benefits of rising atmospheric CO2 concentration in the Asian irrigated rice systems / L. Yang and S. Peng.
Recent changes in Pampean agriculture: possible new avenues to cope global change challenges / E.H. Satorre.
Global change challenges for horticultural systems / C. Ramos, D.S. Intrigliolo and R.B. Thompson.
The impact of high CO2 on plant abiotic stress tolerance / Marta S. Lopes and Christine H. Foyer.
Breeding to improve grain-yield in water-limited environments : the CSIRO experience with wheat / R.A. Richards ... [et al.].
Molecular breeding for a changing climate : bridging ecophysiology and molecular biology / R. Tuberosa ... [et al.].
Crop management to cope with global change : a systems perspective aided by information technologies / G.S. McMaster and J.C. Ascough II.
The way ahead : from science to policy : coordinating efforts in a global world / R. Ortiz. Climate change is a diverse, multifactorial phenomenon, meaning that the agronomic strategies needed are case-specific and will have regional differences. This book provides an integrated view of the challenges and opportunities that will face agriculture in the future as a result of climate change. It discusses how the stresses resulting from climate change can be overcome by assessing, measuring and predicting environmental changes and stresses, identifying opportunities and adapting to change and responding to multifactorial change. Challenges and potential strategies that might be taken to overcome these are illustrated using a number of case studies. Climate change will pose many challenges to agriculture in the future, but by taking an integrative approach to predicting and adapting to change, this book will inspire researchers to turn those challenges into opportunities.