Climate change could severely hamper Queensland fruit cultivation

Some experts claim that rising temperatures could endanger Queensland-grown strawberries. According to cropping expert Paul Gauthier, rising temperatures meant the popular fruit could become a thing of the past.

"There's something about strawberries that if you reach a temperature above 26 degrees Celsius, they stop flowering, and that's kind of why in Queensland we tend to grow them in the winter," he said. "And what we have seen when we project it to the future, by 2050 the temperature will increase by 3 degrees, maybe 4 degrees. And the problem is that the season is going to be shorter and shorter, and because strawberries take a long time to develop, to get the fruits, it's possible that we may not get strawberries in Queensland anymore."

It is one example of many crops — including apples and cherries — that could become unprofitable to grow in Queensland as temperatures continue to warm.


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