Osmoprotectant-Mediated Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants

Recent Advances and Future Perspectives

  • Mohammad Anwar Hossain
  • Vinay Kumar
  • David J. Burritt
  • Masayuki Fujita
  • Pirjo S. A. Mäkelä

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Éderson Akio Kido, José Ribamar Costa Ferreira-Neto, Manassés Daniel da Silva, Vanessa Emanuelle Pereira Santos, Jorge Luís Bandeira da Silva Filho, Ana Maria Benko-Iseppon
    Pages 1-40
  3. Maurizio Trovato, Giuseppe Forlani, Santiago Signorelli, Dietmar Funck
    Pages 41-72
  4. Giuseppe Forlani, Maurizio Trovato, Dietmar Funck, Santiago Signorelli
    Pages 73-97
  5. Mohamed Zouari, Ameni Ben Hassena, Lina Trabelsi, Bechir Ben Rouina, Raphaël Decou, Pascal Labrousse
    Pages 99-121
  6. Pirjo S. A. Mäkelä, Kari Jokinen, Kristiina Himanen
    Pages 153-173
  7. Danny Ginzburg, Joshua D. Klein
    Pages 257-267
  8. Miguel López-Gómez, Javier Hidalgo-Castellanos, Agustín J. Marín-Peña, J. Antonio Herrera-Cervera
    Pages 269-285
  9. Susana de Sousa Araújo, André Luis Wendt dos Santos, Ana Sofia Duque
    Pages 287-318
  10. Alejandro del Pozo, Ana María Méndez-Espinoza, Alejandra Yáñez
    Pages 319-334
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 335-342

About this book


In nature, plants are constantly challenged by various abiotic and biotic stresses that can restrict their growth, development and yields. In the course of their evolution, plants have evolved a variety of sophisticated and efficient mechanisms to sense, respond to, and adapt to changes in the surrounding environment. A common defensive mechanism activated by plants in response to abiotic stress is the production and accumulation of compatible solutes (also called osmolytes). This include amino acids (mainly proline), amines (such as glycinebetaine and polyamines), and sugars (such as trehalose and sugar alcohols), all of which are readily soluble in water and non-toxic at high concentrations. The metabolic pathways involved in the biosynthesis and catabolism of compatible solutes, and the mechanisms that regulate their cellular concentrations and compartmentalization are well characterized in many important plant species. Numerous studies have provided evidence that enhanced accumulation of compatible solutes in plants correlates with increased resistance to abiotic stresses. New insights into the mechanisms associated with osmolyte accumulation in transgenic plants and the responses of plants to exogenous application of osmolyte, will further enhance our understanding of the mechanisms by which compatible solutes help to protect plants from damage due to abiotic stress and the potential roles compatible solutes could play in improving plants growth and development under optimal conditions for growth. Although there has been significant progress made in understanding the multiple roles of compatible solute in abiotic stress tolerance, many aspects associated with compatible solute-mediated abiotic stress responses and stress tolerance still require more research. As well as providing basic up-to-date information on the biosynthesis, compartmentalization and transport of compatible solute in plants, this book will also give insights into the direct or indirect involvement of these key compatible solutes in many important metabolic processes and physiological functions, including their antioxidant and signaling functions, and roles in modulating plant growth, development and abiotic stress tolerance.


In this book, Osmoprotectant-mediated abiotic stress tolerance in plants: recent advances and future perspectives, we present a collection of 16 chapters written by leading experts engaged with compatible solute-induced abiotic stress tolerance in plants. The main objective of this volume is to promote the important roles of these compatible solutes in plant biology, by providing an integrated and comprehensive mix of basic and advanced information for students, scholars and scientists interested in, or already engaged in, research involving osmoprotectant. Finally, this book will be a valuable resource for future environmental stress-related research, and can be considered as a textbook for graduate students and as a reference book for front-line researchers working on the relationships between osmoprotectant and abiotic stress responses and tolerance in plants.


Compatible solutes Environmental stress Stress tolerance Molecular mechanisms Genetic mechanisms

Editors and affiliations

  • Mohammad Anwar Hossain
    • 1
  • Vinay Kumar
    • 2
  • David J. Burritt
    • 3
  • Masayuki Fujita
    • 4
  • Pirjo S. A. Mäkelä
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Genetics and Plant BreedingBangladesh Agricultural UniversityMymensinghBangladesh
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyModern CollegePuneIndia
  3. 3.Department of BotanyUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  4. 4.Laboratory of Plant Stress ResponsesKagawa UniversityKagawaJapan
  5. 5.Department of Agricultural SciencesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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