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
Jul 20, 2018 12:00 AM
Event
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science Tea Research Institute (TRI CAAS) Seminar Series
Location
Tea Research Institute, Hangzhou, China
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Postdoctoral Researcher

I’m a postdoctoral researcher in Emilio Bruna’s lab at University of Florida working on the effects of drought and habitat fragmentation on a tropical plant. I’m interested in the mechanisms of plant responses to stress and their consequences for natural and agricultural ecosystems.

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