READING THE TEA LEAVES FOR EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Science 29 May 2015: Vol. 348 no. 6238 pp. 953–954
Our tea project is featured in the May 29th Science magazine in a news article on climate effects on tea quality written by Christina Larson. The news brief is also covered in the May 29th Science podcast where Christina Larson is interviewed on tea and climate. Writer Larson accompanied investigator Selena Ahmed in the field in Xishuangbanna of Yunnan Province this past March during the spring tea harvest and spoke with tea farmers. She also interviewed other members of our tea including investigators Sean Cash, Colin Orians, and Wenyan Han.
Here are links to the Science feature and podcast followed by Christina Larson’s summary.
News feature: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/348/6238/953.summary?sid=1a2584f7-f3da-491c-ae18-033522065b06
Summary: The complex mix of phytochemicals responsible for the taste of tea may be far more sensitive to climate than the yields of commodity crops. An ideal place to study the relationship is China’s Yunnan province, known for an oxidized and fermented black tea called pu’er, one of the country’s most prized and already being touched by climate change. Earlier this year, scientists embarked on a 4-year project that examines the linkages among climate, tea quality, and farmer livelihoods. What they find could have implications for scores of other crops, from coffee to chocolate to cherries, whose taste and value also depend on local climates.
Here is a PDF of the complete story Science-2015 Tea and climate-2