The Involvement of Different Secondary Metabolites in Salinity Tolerance of Crops

  • Oksana Sytar
  • Sonia Mbarki
  • Marek Zivcak
  • Marian Brestic


Salt stress decreased plant growth and development; affects carbon metabolism, ion toxicity, nutritional status, and oxidative metabolism; and modulates the levels of secondary metabolites which are important physiological parameters in salt stress tolerance. Recent progress has been made in the identification and characterization of the mechanisms that allow plants to tolerate high salt concentrations and drought stress. Accumulation of secondary metabolites often occurs in plants subjected to stresses including various elicitors or signal molecules. The focus of the present chapter is the influence of salt stress on secondary metabolite production and some of important plant pharmaceuticals. Enhanced synthesis in the cytosol of determined secondary metabolites (anthocyanins, flavones, phenolics, and specific phenolic acids) under stress condition may protect cells from ion-induced oxidative damage by binding the ions and thereby showing reduced toxicity on cytoplasmic structures. The aim of this study was to determine the physiological implication of secondary metabolites in salt-tolerant crops.


Secondary metabolites Salt stress Phenolic acids Anthocyanins Phenolics Salt-tolerant plants Non-salt-tolerant plants 





Glutathione peroxidase




Phenylalanine ammonium lyase


Reactive oxygen species



This work was supported by the research project of the Scientific Grant Agency of Slovak Republic VEGA- 613 1-0923-16, VEGA-1-0831-17, and APVV-15-0721.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oksana Sytar
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sonia Mbarki
    • 3
  • Marek Zivcak
    • 1
  • Marian Brestic
    • 1
  1. 1.Plant Physiology and Ecology Department, Institute of BiologyTaras Shevchenko National University of KyivKyivUkraine
  2. 2.Department of Plant PhysiologySlovak University of Agriculture in NitraNitraSlovakia
  3. 3.Laboratory of Extremophile PlantsCentre de Biotechnologie de Borj CedriaHamam LifTunisia

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