Land Resources & Environmental Sciences Seminar Series
- Monday, February 23, 2015 from 1:10pm to 2:00pm
- Leon Johnson Hall - view map
Dr. Selena Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Systems, will present "Tea and the Taste of Climate Change: A Socio-Ecological Model to Examine Specialty Crop Quality" as part of the LRES Seminar Series in 346 Leon Johnson Hall. What is the impact of climate change on specialty crop quality? How can innovative farming practices mitigate climatic risk in food and medicinal plant systems? In this seminar, Dr. Selena Ahmed, explores these questions using tea as a case study. While it is well understood that more frequent and intense climate events in many areas are impacting crop yields, the impact on crop quality is less acknowledged, yet it is critical for food systems that benefit both farmers and consumers through high-quality products. This study examines tea (Camellia sinensis; Theaceae), the world's most widely consumed beverage after water, as a study system to measure effects of climate variability on crop functional quality and associated farmer knowledge, preferences, and livelihoods. The ultimate goal of this work is to facilitate societal actions towards enhanced sustainability of food systems. This project is supported by the NSF Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program with collaborators Albert Robbat, Tim Griffin, Colin Orians, Rick Stepp, Sean Cash and Corene Matyas.