Fungi and Climate Change

Fungi are a big problem for farmers. They destroy crops and can travel long distances on the wind.

Fungi and Climate Change
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Fungi are a big problem for farmers. They destroy crops and can travel long distances on the wind. They are also very good at adapting to new situations. This means that they can become resistant to the chemicals that farmers use to kill them. As the world gets warmer, fungi are moving to new places and becoming even more of a problem. Scientists are warning that this could lead to a global food crisis.
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Fungi are a big problem for farmers. They destroy crops and can travel long distances on the wind. They are also very good at adapting to new situations. This means that they can become resistant to the chemicals that farmers use to kill them. As the world gets warmer, fungi are moving to new places and becoming even more of a problem. Scientists are warning that this could lead to a global food crisis.
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fungi problem farmers destory crops travel wind adapting situations resistant chemicals kill scientists warning lead to global crisis

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Fungal pathogens pose a significant threat to global food security. These organisms are highly resilient and capable of traveling vast distances via airborne spores. Furthermore, they exhibit a remarkable ability to adapt to their environment, including developing resistance to commonly used fungicides. Climate change is exacerbating the impact of fungal disease on crops, as rising temperatures facilitate the poleward migration of fungal infections and drive the emergence of new pathogenic variants. Scientists warn that failure to address this issue could result in a global health catastrophe.
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Fungal pathogens pose a significant threat to global food security. These organisms are highly resilient and capable of traveling vast distances via airborne spores. Furthermore, they exhibit a remarkable ability to adapt to their environment, including developing resistance to commonly used fungicides. Climate change is exacerbating the impact of fungal disease on crops, as rising temperatures facilitate the poleward migration of fungal infections and drive the emergence of new pathogenic variants. Scientists warn that failure to address this issue could result in a global health catastrophe.
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pathogens significant threat airborne spores exhibit remarkable resistance fungicides exacerbating impact facilitate poleward migration emergence pathogenic variants catastrophe

Further Reading

Fungal attacks threaten global food supply, say experts
Climate crisis is exacerbating damage caused by crop-destroying fungi, risking ‘global health catastrophe’
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