The proportion of soil-borne pathogens increases with warming at the global scale

Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo*, Carlos A. Guerra, Concha Cano-Díaz, Eleonora Egidi, Jun Tao Wang, Nico Eisenhauer, Brajesh K. Singh, Fernando T. Maestre

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Understanding the present and future distribution of soil-borne plant pathogens is critical to supporting food and fibre production in a warmer world. Using data from a global field survey and a nine-year field experiment, we show that warmer temperatures increase the relative abundance of soil-borne potential fungal plant pathogens. Moreover, we provide a global atlas of these organisms along with future distribution projections under different climate change and land-use scenarios. These projections show an overall increase in the relative abundance of potential plant pathogens worldwide. This work advances our understanding of the global distribution of potential fungal plant pathogens and their sensitivity to ongoing climate and land-use changes, which is fundamental to reduce their incidence and impacts on terrestrial ecosystems globally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)550-554
Number of pages5
JournalNature Climate change
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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