The Future of Arable Weed Species with Climate Change

by Ali Siddiqui

Rühl et al. (2015) writing in Biological Conservation attempted to determine whether predicted changes in temperature as caused by global warming would be detrimental to the survival of endangered arable weed species, which play an important role in increasing biodiversity. The results of the study were multiple. The authors concluded that endangered arable weed species germinated significantly less than the common arable weed species under increased temperature conditions and preferred lower optimal germination temperatures (24°C ± 3.5) than common arable weed species (31°C ± 0.5). Continue reading