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Climate Change, CO2 and Rice Production in the 21st Century: Now what?
Author: Bobby Coats, Professor of Economics

By Bobby Coats, Agricultural Economist and Professor of Economics

Food and agribusiness webinarJoin us Thursday, Sept. 20th at 3 PM CST for our next Food and Agribusiness Webinar ‘Climate Change, CO2 and Rice Production in the 21st Century: Now what?’ with Dr. Lewis Ziska.

Dr. Lewis Ziska

Rice is widely recognized as a major caloric source globally. What challenges do rising carbon dioxide and climatic uncertainty pose for global rice production? From threats, to consequences; from challenges to promise, Dr. Lewis Ziska, former project leader for climate change at IRRI, will discuss a range of issues related to quantifiable and qualitative rice impacts; from pollen sterility, to increased weed pressures; but will also stress opportunities, with a focus on genetic and management adaptation.

Dr. Ziska is a Plant Physiologist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland. After graduating from the University of California, Davis, he began his career as a Smithsonian fellow, and then took up residence as the Project Leader for global climate change at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines before joining USDA. Since joining USDA, Dr. Ziska has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles related to climate change and rising carbon dioxide that address: (1) Agriculture and Food Security; (2) Weeds and weed management; (3) Invasive species; (4) Plant biology and public health.

Dr. Ziska is a contributor to the 2014 International Panel on Climate Change report (Food Security Chapter); the 2014 National Climate Assessment (Public Health Chapter); and most recently, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. His work has appeared in Scientific American, USA Today, CBS Nightly News, CBS’ Sunday Morning, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Weed Biology and Climate Change (with Jeff Dukes, Wiley Press) and the editor of Invasive Species and Global Climate Change (with Jeff Dukes, CABi Press). His most recent book is: Agriculture, Climate Change and Food Security in the 21st Century: Our Daily Bread, through Cambridge Scholars publishing.

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