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The Late Mangos: Is There Any Doubt Humans Are Inducing Climate Change?

Volume 1 - Issue 7

Fernando Goulart* and Frédéric Mertens

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    • Centro de Desenvolvimento Sustentável, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil

    *Corresponding author: Fernando Goulart, Centro de Desenvolvimento Sustentável, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil

Received: December 15, 2017;   Published: December 20, 2017

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2017.01.000612

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We are in the city of Belo Horizonte, Southeastern Brazil, and it is December, but unexpectedly, mango fruits (Mangifera indica) have not yet ripened. As far as we are concerned, we have never experienced a year in which November and December came along without mango fruits ripening in this region. Although native to the Philippines and India, mangos today are a staple and important cultural element in the entire tropical region. Most humans, as well as other animals, above all birds, such as parrots, macaws, and parakeets, appreciate this juicy and fleshy fruit [1]. Mango production depends on climatic stability, and extreme temperatures (above 36°C or below 10°C) can delay fruit development Centro de Producoes Tecnicas [2] (accessed December 3, 2017). Mango trees, which are adapted to warm and rainy weather, also need a marked dry season to reach their optimum production, and therefore, in very rainy regions, fruit development is delayed. The weather in Belo Horizonte during the year of 2017 was rather unusual, not to say very strange. It was the coldest winter in the city since 1975 (Instituto de Metereologia), and there was also some rainfall in this period, which is highly uncommon. This could have been the reason behind the mangos taking so long to ripen, since all of these climatic aspects reduce and slow down fruit ripening and production.

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