Climate change affects blueberry production in Romania

A. Bădescu, A. Asănică, F. Stănică, C. Bădescu, M. Ungurenuș
Research conducted over time in Bilcesti experimental blueberry fields located in the submountain region of Romania revealed that between 1968 and 1990, extreme weather phenomena have insignificantly influenced blueberry production. After this period, however, climate change becomes more evident, particularly the intensity and frequency of extreme weather. The main events that affect blueberry production are drought and hail. In the last 15 years there was an increase in these events that directly affect blueberry production. Six out of the last 16 years analyzed were marked with production disturbances. Losses caused by water stress were observed even in the areas with more than 800 mm annual rainfall. The droughts and increase in intensity and frequency of hail create a strong demand for irrigation and hail protection nets in order to protect annual production.
Bădescu, A., Asănică, A., Stănică, F., Bădescu, C. and Ungurenuș, M. (2017). Climate change affects blueberry production in Romania. Acta Hortic. 1180, 299-304
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1180.40
drought, hail, irrigation, extreme temperatures, losses

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