From corn bread and tortilla chips to corn on the cob and corn chowder, maize is a great American staple that can be found in practically every dish. But new research shows that future heat waves may threaten the key global food crop, The Guardian reports. A climate model suggests that soybeans, wheat, and particularly maize are vulnerable to rising temperatures. The study, published this week in Environmental Research Letters, estimates that heat waves will double the estimated losses of the maize crop yield by the end of the century and reduce projected gains in wheat and soybean crops by 52% and 25%, respectively.
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