Future heat-waves a threat to Australian plant life—12 September 2016

A global study by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology has found that future heat-waves could have devastating effects on Australia’s flora. Their study of heat tolerance in plants has found that across much of inland Australia, plant life is near tipping point in its ability to cope with rising temperatures. Plants growing in the dry, inner regions of Australia are at particularly high risk, and extreme heat-wave events—predicted to increase in intensity with climate change—could have devastating effects on natural plant populations and ecosystems. The findings of the study also have important implications for farmers growing crops in hot, inland regions of Australia. 

 

Media issued by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology.
Image: Kalgoorlie plant life. Plants growing in inner regions of Australia are at high risk from heat-waves. Image credit: Owen Atkin.

Original Published Date: 
Monday, September 12, 2016