The future of citrus fruit: The impact of climate change on citriculture


Current citriculture is threatened by climate change. The increase in temperature, together with other adverse climate phenomena, modifies the environmental conditions in the regions where current citrus varieties developed. The detrimental effects of these adverse environmental factors on citrus physiology and production, such as drought or soil salinity, will increase due to high temperatures, which will jeopardise crop production and, in extreme cases, even plant survival. The study of citrus tolerance responses to climate change may hold the key to developing new citrus varieties capable of withstanding future environmental conditions while maintaining production.


high temperatures; plant physiology; selective breeding; salinity; drought; citrus


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