Molecular Biology Reports

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 2577–2593 | Cite as

Can wheat survive in heat? Assembling tools towards successful development of heat stress tolerance in Triticum aestivum L.

  • Ranjeet Kaur
  • Kshitija Sinha
  • Rupam Kumar BhuniaEmail author


Wheat is an important cereal crop that fulfils the calorie demands of the global humanity. Rapidly expanding populations are exposed to a fast approaching acute shortage in the adequate supply of food and fibre from agricultural resources. One of the significant threats to food security lies in the constantly increasing global temperatures which inflict serious injuries to the plants in terms of various physiological, biochemical and molecular processes. Wheat being a cool season crop is majorly impacted by the heat stress which adversely affects crop productivity and yield. These challenges would be potentially defeated with the implementation of genetic engineering strategies coupled with the new genome editing approaches. Development of transgenic plants for various crops has proved very effective for the incorporation of improved varietal traits in context of heat stress. With a similar approach, we need to target for the generation of heat stress tolerant wheat varieties which are capable of survival in such adverse conditions and yet produce well. In this review, we enumerate the current status of research on the heat stress responsive genes/factors and their potential role in mitigating heat stress in plants particularly in wheat with an aim to help the researchers get a holistic view of this topic. Also, we discuss on the prospective signalling pathway that is triggered in plants in general under heat stress.


Heat stress tolerance (HST) Wheat Heat shock protein (HSP) Signalling pathway MicroRNA Genome editing 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyMangalmay Group of InstitutionsGreater NoidaIndia
  2. 2.Plant Tissue Culture and Genetic EngineeringNational Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI)MohaliIndia

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