11. Adaptation of the Potato Crop to Changing Climates

  1. Shyam S. Yadav PhD7,
  2. Robert J. Redden PhD8,
  3. Jerry L. Hatfield PhD9,
  4. Hermann Lotze-Campen PhD10 and
  5. Anthony E. Hall PhD11
  1. Roland Schafleitner1,
  2. Julian Ramirez2,3,
  3. Andy Jarvis2,4,
  4. Daniele Evers5,
  5. Raymundo Gutierrez6 and
  6. Mariah Scurrah6

Published Online: 18 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470960929.ch20

Crop Adaptation to Climate Change

Crop Adaptation to Climate Change

How to Cite

Schafleitner, R., Ramirez, J., Jarvis, A., Evers, D., Gutierrez, R. and Scurrah, M. (2011) Adaptation of the Potato Crop to Changing Climates, in Crop Adaptation to Climate Change (eds S. S. Yadav, R. J. Redden, J. L. Hatfield, H. Lotze-Campen and A. E. Hall), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470960929.ch20

Editor Information

  1. 7

    Agriculture—Capacity Development, Civilian Technical Assistance Program, General Directorate of Programs, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock, Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan

  2. 8

    Australian Temperate Field Crops Collection, Grains Innovation Park, The Department of Primary Industries, Private Bag 260, Horsham, Victoria 3401, Australia

  3. 9

    USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, 2110 University Blvd., Ames, IA 50011, United States of America

  4. 10

    Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), P.O. Box 601203, 14412 Potsdam, Germany

  5. 11

    Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0124, United States of America

Author Information

  1. 1

    AVRDC—The World Vegetable Center, P.O. Box 42, Shanhua, Tainan 74199 Taiwan

  2. 2

    International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), AA 6713, Km 17 recta Cali-Palmira, Cali, Colombia

  3. 3

    CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), School of Earth and Environment University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK

  4. 4

    CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), UK

  5. 5

    CRP—Gabriel Lippmann, 41, Rue du Brill, L-4422 Belvaux, Luxembourg

  6. 6

    International Potato Center (CIP), Apartado 1558, La Molina, Lima 12, Peru

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 23 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813820163

Online ISBN: 9780470960929



  • Potato;
  • climate change;
  • heat stress;
  • breeding;
  • biodiversity


Potato is the most important non-cereal food crop in the world. Modeling climate datasets and the current distribution of the crop showed that until 2020 potato cultivation will be seriously affected in many present cultivation areas, mostly by heat stress. Nevertheless, improving the abiotic stress tolerance of this crop and shifting the production to new areas would permit to maintain and even extend the present production levels. Modern potato breeding pools with their relatively narrow genetic base contain only limited variation in drought and heat stress tolerance, while potato landraces and wild species would be excellent sources for stress tolerance traits. Applying the available genetic and genomic resources of potato together with appropriate breeding and selection strategies, improved varieties could be produced that can better withstand drought and heat stress and thus would better adapt to climate change effects.