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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(7), 8628-8647; doi:10.3390/ijms13078628

Recent Molecular Advances on Downstream Plant Responses to Abiotic Stress

Institute of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Pará, Guamá, Belém, PA 66075-110, Brazil
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Received: 4 June 2012 / Revised: 30 June 2012 / Accepted: 3 July 2012 / Published: 11 July 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Molecular Plant Biology)
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Abstract

Abiotic stresses such as extremes of temperature and pH, high salinity and drought, comprise some of the major factors causing extensive losses to crop production worldwide. Understanding how plants respond and adapt at cellular and molecular levels to continuous environmental changes is a pre-requisite for the generation of resistant or tolerant plants to abiotic stresses. In this review we aimed to present the recent advances on mechanisms of downstream plant responses to abiotic stresses and the use of stress-related genes in the development of genetically engineered crops.
Keywords: abiotic stresses; genetic engineering; heat-shock proteins; LEA proteins osmoprotectants; plant response; salinity abiotic stresses; genetic engineering; heat-shock proteins; LEA proteins osmoprotectants; plant response; salinity
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dos Reis, S.P.; Lima, A.M.; de Souza, C.R.B. Recent Molecular Advances on Downstream Plant Responses to Abiotic Stress. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13, 8628-8647.

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