climate change (effects on plants)

Accepting the climate change projections for Britain and Ireland, prejudicial effects will include the failure to satisfy the requirement for chilling in winter, frost damage in spring, a higher frequency of summer drought and wildfire, and an increased risk of windthrow. If poorly adapted to the changed climate, crops will become less productive and may fail (a particular risk for long-term crops such as trees).

This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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