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Crop exposure to heat stress: responses in physiological, biochemical, and molecular levels

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  • Rong Zhou
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  • Xiaqing Yu, Nanjing Agricultural University, China
  • Xiaoming Song, North China University of Science and Technology
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  • Carl-Otto Ottosen

Heat stress caused by climate changes and global warming has become more frequent. Crop yield is usually quite sensitive to heat stress especially when it happens at reproductive stage. As evident by extensive yield loss in crops, the negative effects of heat stress on crops increased the risk of global food and nutrition security. In this chapter, we reviewed the current studies on the effects of heat stress on crops from morphological, physiological, biochemical, metabolic and molecular aspects. Moreover, we present approaches for increasing crop resilience at heat stress using conventional breeding methods, QTLs identification, transgenic methods, and multiomics (transcriptomic, proteomics, metabolomics and phenomics) approaches. The future work should consider the multiple abiotic stress or heat stress combined with biotic stress to efficiently ensure crop production and secure food supply in the future climate challenges. An integrated framework including traditional methods and advanced multiomics will help to understand the response of crops to heat stress and enhance thermotolerance of crops.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Crop Productivity and Quality under Climate Change : Responses of Crop Plants to Climate Change
EditorsFulai Liu, Xiangnan Li, Petra Hogy, Dong Jiang, Marian Brestic, Bing Liu
Number of pages15
Place of publicationLondon
PublisherAcademic Press
Publication yearJan 2022
ISBN (print)9780323854504
ISBN (electronic)9780323854498
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

    Research areas

  • Crop, combined stress, elevated CO, heat stress, multiomics

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