Molecular Breeding of Cotton for Drought Stress Tolerance

  • Muhammad Asif SaleemEmail author
  • Abdul Qayyum
  • Waqas Malik
  • Muhammad Waqas Amjid


Availability of freshwater to crops is declining year by year, so there is a need to exploit genetic mechanism of drought tolerance in crops including cotton. Drought-tolerant cultivars may be tailored if generated data regarding inheritance of drought-related traits to tolerance is practically used. The complexity in inheritance of drought tolerance has been a main reason of slow progress. Although a lot of conventional and nonconventional research work has been conducted for the traits related to abiotic stress in cotton, fruitful field results have not been obtained. There is a need to understand drought stress and mechanisms adopted by cotton against drought stress. These include morphological, physiological, biochemical, and genetic responses in cotton. Identification of the important genes related to drought tolerance would also be a major contribution. The impactful genes and major QTLs could be stacked in a single cotton plant, using gene pyramiding, and this may produce the future cotton plant for upcoming adverse environment.


Gene pyramiding QTL Upland cotton 



Ascorbic acid


Abscisic acid


Ascorbate peroxidase




Electrolyte leakage


Gibberellic acid


Guaiacol peroxidase


Glutathione reductase


Genome-wide association study


Hydrogen peroxide


Hydroxyl radical




Jasmonic acid


Late embryogenesis abundant


Marker-assisted selection


Nitric oxide


Singlet oxygen


Superoxide anion radical


Reactive oxygen species


Salicylic acid


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muhammad Asif Saleem
    • 1
    Email author
  • Abdul Qayyum
    • 1
  • Waqas Malik
    • 1
  • Muhammad Waqas Amjid
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Plant Breeding and GeneticsBahauddin Zakariya UniversityMultanPakistan
  2. 2.Department of AgricultureBacha Khan UniversityKPKPakistan

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