Fauquet said cassava is most likely to perish from the increase in pests and pathogens linked to warmer and wetter conditions. Mealybugs in Thailand and white flies in Africa are significant threats, with the latter serving as a vector for plant viruses.
"There will be a lot of outbreaks of diseases associated with climatic changes," he said, "in every part of the globe, for every crop."
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