Improving Plant Water Use Efficiency through Molecular Genetics
AbstractImproving crop performance under water-limiting conditions is essential for achieving environmentally sustainable food production. This requires significant progress in both the identification and characterization of key genetic and physiological processes involved in water uptake and loss. Plants regulate water uptake and loss through both developmental and environmental responses. These responses include: root morphology and architecture, cuticle development, stomatal development, and guard cell movements in response to the environment. Genes controlling root traits and stomatal development and guard cell movements strongly impact water use efficiency (WUE), and represent the best targets for molecular breeding programs. This article provides an overview of the complex networks of genes involved in water uptake and loss. These traits represent novel opportunities and strategies for genetic improvement of WUE and drought tolerance in crops. View Full-Text
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Ruggiero, A.; Punzo, P.; Landi, S.; Costa, A.; Van Oosten, M.J.; Grillo, S. Improving Plant Water Use Efficiency through Molecular Genetics. Horticulturae 2017, 3, 31.
Ruggiero A, Punzo P, Landi S, Costa A, Van Oosten MJ, Grillo S. Improving Plant Water Use Efficiency through Molecular Genetics. Horticulturae. 2017; 3(2):31.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ruggiero, Alessandra; Punzo, Paola; Landi, Simone; Costa, Antonello; Van Oosten, Michael J.; Grillo, Stefania. 2017. "Improving Plant Water Use Efficiency through Molecular Genetics." Horticulturae 3, no. 2: 31.