Climate-change

Can fermentation rescue low-quality monsoon season tea?

Is microbial ripening a way for tea farmers to improve low-quality monsoon season harvests?

Climate Effects on Bug-Bitten Tea

Eastern Beauty wulong tea is only produced from tea leaves damaged by leafhoppers. The induced volatiles produced by damaged tea plants gives the finished tea a unique flavor. How will leafhopper damage change in a warming climate, and how will that impact tea quality?

Drought and plant response to herbivory

When plants experience mild or severe drought, how does that change their metabolic response to damage by insect herbivores?

Can Insect Damage Improve Tea Quality In a Changing Climate?

Elevated CO2 and plant response to herbivory

How will elevated CO2 affect plant responses to insect herbivory? How will this interaction impact the quality of tea?