Molecular and Biotechnological Tools in Developing Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Wheat

  • Neerja Srivastava


Agricultural systems are affected by various abiotic stresses which pose restrictions to the yield and quality of wheat crop. A single crop can be challenged simultaneously by many abiotic stresses. A major target of plant breeding programs globally is the improvement of tolerance to abiotic stresses. The complex nature of abiotic stress tolerance traits and the difficulty in dissecting them into manageable genetic components amenable to molecular breeding are the major challenges. Advances in molecular biology and genomics have had a large impact on the speed of identification and characterization of genes and genetic regions associated with quantitative and qualitative traits in crop breeding programs. To reconstruct the whole cascade of cellular events leading to rapid responses and adaptation to the various abiotic stimuli, researchers have to integrate the various omics approaches. To increase knowledge on the effects of gene expression and to understand whole plant phenotype under stress, a very focused approach combining molecular, physiological, and metabolic aspects of plant stress tolerance is required. The selection of the appropriate promoter or transcription factor to be used for transformation can be done by better understanding of the underlying physiological processes in response to different abiotic stresses. Additionally, genetic and genomic analysis can be utilized to identify DNA molecular markers associated with stress resistance that can facilitate breeding strategies for crop improvement in wheat. In the case of abiotic stress tolerance, this approach is particularly useful when target characters are controlled by several genes. To map different QTLs contributing to a given agronomical trait and to identify linked molecular markers, the omics approaches could be combined with the potential which will open the possibility to transfer simultaneously several QTLs and to pyramid QTLs for several agronomical traits in one improved cultivar.


Abiotic stress Triticum aestivum QTL MAS 


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  • Neerja Srivastava
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  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryIBSBT, CSJM UniversityKanpurIndia

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