Agro-ecological suitability assessment of Chinese Medicinal Yam under future climate change

Fan D, Zhong H, Hu B, Tian Z, Sun L, Fischer G, Wang X, & Jiang Z (2019). Agro-ecological suitability assessment of Chinese Medicinal Yam under future climate change. Environmental Geochemistry and Health DOI:10.1007/s10653-019-00437-w. (In Press)

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Abstract

Chinese Medicinal Yam (CMY) has been prescribed as medicinal food for thousand years in China by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners. Its medical benefits include nourishing the stomach and spleen to improve digestion, replenishing lung and kidney, etc., according to the TCM literature. As living standard rises and public health awareness improves in recent years, the potential medicinal benefits of CMY have attracted increasing attention in China. It has been found that the observed climate change in last several decades, together with the change in economic structure, has driven significant shift in the pattern of the traditional CMY planting areas. To identify suitable planting area for CMY in the near future is critical for ensuring the quality and supply quantity of CMY, guiding the layout of CMY industry, and safeguarding the sustainable development of CMY resources for public health. In this study, we first collect 30-year records of CMY varieties and their corresponding phenology and agro-meteorological observations. We then consolidate these data and use them to enrich and update the eco-physiological parameters of CMY in the agro-ecological zone (AEZ) model. The updated CMY varieties and AEZ model are validated using the historical planting area and production under observed climate conditions. After the successful validation, we use the updated AEZ model to simulate the potential yield of CMY and identify the suitable planting regions under future climate projections in China. This study shows that regions with high ecological similarity to the genuine and core producing areas of CMY mainly distribute in eastern Henan, southeastern Hebei, and western Shandong. The climate suitability of these areas will be improved due to global warming in the next 50 years, and therefore, they will continue to be the most suitable CMY planting regions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chinese medicinal yam; AEZ model; Climate change; Suitable planting area
Research Programs: Water (WAT)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2019 11:15
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 11:15
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/16111

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