Can pests rescue tea quality from climate change?

Abstract

Insect attack is usually considered bad for tea yield and quality. However, it is well known that plants produce many secondary metabolites in response to insect attack. Many of these secondary metabolites are important for tea quality, and some tea farmers have begun to take advantage of insects to improve the quality of their tea. Will this strategy continue to help improve tea quality under climate change, or will climate change change the way tea plants respond to insect herbivory?

Date
Event
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science Tea Research Institute (TRI CAAS) Seminar Series
Location
Tea Research Institute, Hangzhou, China