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Seed quality in rice is damaged most when brief hot spells coincide with early seed development. We also show that drought during the early development of the seeds also reduces their quality at maturity. And, unsurprisingly, the damage is even greater when both these things happen together.

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See the short item https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-hurting-farmers-even-seeds-are-under-threat-128722 for importance of and context for this paper.

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The paper adds to the literature on the high impact of quite brief periods of extreme conditions on e.g. seed yield; and in this case seed quality.

Richard Ellis
University of Reading

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This page is a summary of: Seed quality in rice is most sensitive to drought and high temperature in early seed development, Seed Science Research, December 2019, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/s0960258519000217.
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