Genetic Solutions to Improve Resilience of Canola to Climate Change

  • Harsh RamanEmail author
  • Rajneet Kaur Uppal
  • Rosy Raman


Climate change and the accompanying impacts of global warming such as with rising temperatures and water shortages at crucial plant development stages poses a great challenge to the productivity and profitability of agricultural crops. In order to improve the resilience of canola to climate change, an integrated approach for breeding climate-smart varieties is required. Although the majority of the current breeding targets for canola improvement programs remain largely unchanged, emerging climate uncertainties reinforced the development of high yielding resilient varieties for tolerance to excessive drought, frost, heat, and waterlogging. Ecological, evolutionary adaptation, and selective breeding processes have provided a range of natural variation in ‘climate smart traits’ in canola and its closely related species. In this review, we focus on the extent of natural variation in various adaptation and productivity traits, and recent genetic and genomic innovations to confront climate uncertainties. Further understanding of the genetic determinants underlying resilience traits, increasing genetic diversity by creating desired mutations, and the deployment of prediction based breeding methods will accelerate the development of climate smart varieties for improving productivity and profitability of canola.


Drought resistance Climate change Stress tolerance Genetic variation QTL mapping Genetic technologies 


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