Prospectives for applying molecular and genetic methodology to improve wheat cultivars in drought environments

Chang Xing Zhao, Ling Yu Guo, Cheruth Abdul Jaleel, Hong Bo Shao, Hong Bing Yang

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With the advent of molecular biotechnologies, new opportunities are available for plant physiologists to study the relationships between wheat traits and their genetic control. The functional determinations of all genes that participate in drought adaptation or tolerance reactions are expected to provide an integrated understanding of the biochemical and physiological basis of stress responses in wheat. However, despite all the recent technological breakthroughs, the overall contribution of genomics-assisted breeding to the release of drought-resilient wheat cultivars has so far been marginal. This paper critically analyses how biotechnological, genetic and information tools can contribute to accelerating the release of improved, drought-tolerant wheat cultivars. Armed with such information from established models, it will be possible to elucidate the physiological basis of drought tolerance and to select genotypes with an improved yield under water-limited conditions. To cite this article: C.-X. Zhao et al., C. R. Biologies 331 (2008).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-586
Number of pages8
JournalComptes Rendus - Biologies
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Comparative mapping
  • Drought environments
  • Genetic linkage maps
  • Genomics-assisted breeding
  • Segregating population
  • Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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