Adapting to global environmental change through research that focuses on decision-making tools and management strategies to minimize the risks posed by extreme weather events, climate change and climate variability.
Scientists measure horticulture industry’s environmental footprint
Concerns over agriculture’s impact on global environmental change have prompted extensive research aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing carbon sequestration in row-crop, forest and livestock production systems, but a study underway at Auburn University is the first to zero in on one of the fastest-growing components of the nation’s agricultural sector: horticulture.
Climate impacts measured in production agriculture
Brenda Ortiz, an associate professor in the Auburn University College of Agriculture’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, is researching the impact of weather and climate on agriculture, particularly grain crops like wheat and soybeans. Working with colleagues in Georgia and Florida, Ortiz has shown that variability in rainfall and temperature affects crop yield by influencing both plant growth and development rates and pest and disease dynamics.
Southeast Climate Extension project recognized for helping farmers
The Southeast Climate Extension project, a large-scale partnership of six universities across the Southeast, was recently awarded the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Partnership Award for Multistate Efforts. Brenda Ortiz, an associate professor in Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences and specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, is part of the team whose efforts aim to help Southeastern farmers cope with the results of climate change.