As temperatures rise, so do insects’ appetites for corn, rice and wheat

For each degree increase, the hungrier pests may do 10 to 25 percent more damage to the crops

wheat

WHEAT WORRY  Wheat now grown in temperate regions could be especially at risk from hungrier pests, such as aphids (one shown in the inset) with metabolisms revved by climate warming.

Keith Ewing (CC BY 2.0); USDA (inset)

This article is only available to Science News subscribers.

Subscribers, enter your e-mail address to access our archives.

Not a subscriber?

Science News is a nonprofit.

Support us by subscribing now.

More Stories from Science News on Climate

From the Nature Index

Paid Content