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Indian Farmers Disappointed over Early Flowering of Fruit

March 5, 2010

This is a brief article at the link but it includes a short video report also.

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Less snowfall is spelling trouble for stone fruit farmers in India’s northern state of Himachal Pradesh.
It is believed that early flowering will lead to a lower amount of crops to sell.

[Hansraj, Farmer]:
“When we were younger, we used to get heavy snow or rain but for the last 8 to 9 years, we are not receiving good snow and rain. We are not getting good crops.”

Experts in the horticulture department of the state government say that warmer growing seasons have been affecting the horticulture crop, including apples, in the state for the last ten years….

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And in a related article from another source:  it describes how with earlier flowering of trees they are at more risk of frost damage and hence impacting food sources

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David Inouye, Maryland professor of biology, has found that global climate change influences early and late frost events, which inhibit growth and possibly damage many plants. Climate change has also impacted animal populations that depend on plants that suffered frost damage. Inouye, who has studied global climate change impact on animal and plant life for over 20 years, suggests there is great evolutionary significance of frost in context of global warming that warrants further research.

“Five to 15 percent of agricultural production is lost to frost each year worldwide. Frost determines the growing range for many species of garden and agricultural plants, so changes in the distribution of frost in the future may influence where certain plants can be grown,” said Inouye


Global climate change may continue to influence the frequency and distributions of frost events. Inouye notes few studies address how climate change might influence late spring frosts. If global warming results in earlier flowering in temperate species, flowers might become more susceptible to frost damage. He suggests further research on how the influence of global climate change on frost events may have a widespread impact on plant and animal life.

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