Drought stress in plants: A review on morphological characteristics and pigments composition

Cheruth Abdul Jaleel, Paramasivam Manivannan, Abdul Wahid, Muhammad Farooq, Hameed Jasim Al-Juburi, Ramamurthy Somasundaram, Rajaram Panneerselvam

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Plant growth and productivity is adversely affected by nature's wrath in the form of various biotic and abiotic stress factors. Water deficit is one of the major abiotic stresses, which adversely affects crop growth and yield. These changes are mainly related to altered metabolic functions, one of those is either loss of or reduced synthesis of photosynthetic pigments. This results in declined light harvesting and generation of reducing powers, which are a source of energy for dark reactions of photosynthesis. These changes in the amounts of photosynthetic pigments are closely associated to plant biomass yield. This review describes some aspects of drought induced changes in morphological, physiological and pigments composition in higher plants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-105
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Agriculture and Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Morphological characters
  • Pigments composition
  • Secondary metabolism
  • Yield

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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