26 May '11, 11am

Et tu, pistachios? How climate change will mess with trail mix

Et tu, pistachios? How climate change will mess with trail mix

Pistachios: What shell remain? Photo: Patterned Cross-posted from Cool Green Science . What won't climate change affect? Well, cross trail mix and cherry pie off that ever-shrinking list. It turns out that crisp apples, chewy almonds, ripe plums, and a host of other nuts and stone fruits might become much more costly to grow -- or not grown at all in some spots -- because of rising winter temperatures, according to a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS One . The problem, say researchers: The trees that produce these goodies need a certain number of hours at cold temperatures -- or "winter chill" -- in order to blossom and produce maximally. And the author’s extensive climate change modeling shows achieving adequate winter chill will become increasingly more difficult in growing zones across the world, from South Africa to southern Australia to California'...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-05-26-pistachios...

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