Progress in understanding drought tolerance: from alleles to cropping systems

Varshney, R K and Tuberosa, R and Tardieu, F (2018) Progress in understanding drought tolerance: from alleles to cropping systems. Journal of Experimental Botany (TSI), 69 (13). pp. 3175-3179. ISSN 0022-0957

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Improving crop yields under rainfed environments is key to meeting the food security demands of an ever-increasing population, but climate change-associated expansion of drought-affected arable land means that resilient crops and agronomic practices are critical. High-throughput plant phenomics and modern genetic approaches must be directed towards precise understanding of factors controlling crop yield. This special issue covers root dynamics, turgor management under desiccation, molecular responses to dehydration, impact of drought on plant development and seed abortion, and adjustment of traits to the most frequent patterns of drought. It also addresses interdisciplinary views for enhancing genetic gains and achieving a more sustainable climate-resilient agronomy.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : Genetic Gains
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abortion, crop yield, dehydration, drought tolerance, osmotic adjustment, root architecture, seed development, turgor management
Subjects: Others > Abiotic Stress
Others > Crop Improvement
Others > Crop Physiology
Others > Cropping and Farming Systems
Others > Genetics and Genomics
Others > Plant Physiology
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2018 08:42
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2018 08:43
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Acknowledgement: Guest editors would like to thank all authors who contributed their research and ideas to this special issue, and as organizers of the InterDrought V conference (Hyderabad, 2017) extend this also to speakers at that meeting. We are also grateful to our organizations and to a number of donors, especially the United States Agency for International Agricultural Development, Indian Council of Agricultural Research and ICRISAT for their special support and co-organizing the conference. R. K. V. is thankful to his colleagues, especially Ms Annapurna Chitkineni for her help in organizing the conference and Dr K. Himabindu and Dr Rakesh Kumar for their help and assistance in editing the special issue. We dedicate this special issue to the memory of Abraham Blum who passed away on 10 March 2018.
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