Suitable areas of Phakopsora pachyrhizi, Spodoptera exigua, and their host plant Phaseolus vulgaris are projected to reduce and shift due to climate change

Nadiezhda Yakovleva Zitz Ramirez-Cabral*, Lalit Kumar, Farzin Shabani

*Corresponding author for this work

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Worldwide, crop pests (CPs) such as pathogens and insects affect agricultural production detrimentally. Species distribution models can be used for projecting current and future suitability of CPs and host crop localities. Our study overlays the distribution of two CPs (Asian soybean rust and beet armyworm) and common bean, a potential host of them, in order to determine their current and future levels of coexistence. This kind of modeling approach has rarely been performed previously in climate change studies. The soybean rust and beet armyworm model projections herein show a reduction of the worldwide area with high and medium suitability of both CPs and a movement of them away from the Equator, in 2100 more pronounced than in 2050. Most likely, heat and dry stress will be responsible for these changes. Heat and dry stress will greatly reduce and shift the future suitable cultivation area of common bean as well, in a similar manner. The most relevant findings of this study were the reduction of the suitable areas for the CPs, the reduction of the risk under future scenarios, and the similarity of trends for the CPs and host. The current results highlight the relation between and the coevolution of host and pathogens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-424
Number of pages16
JournalTheoretical and Applied Climatology
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Abiotic stresses
  • Asiatic soybean rust
  • Beet armyworm
  • Climate change
  • Common bean
  • Food security
  • Suitability

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