Omics and Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance

by

Narendra Tuteja

DOI: 10.2174/97816080505811110101
eISBN: 978-1-60805-058-1, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60805-384-1



Indexed in: Scopus, Chemical Abstracts, EBSCO.

Multiple biotic and abiotic environmental factors may constitute stresses that affect plant growth and yield in crop species. Advances...[view complete introduction]
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The Role of RNA Silencing in Plant Stress Responses

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Ngoc Tuan Le and Ming-Bo Wang

Abstract

RNA silencing is an evolutionarily conserved mechanism in eukaryotes that control gene expression through small RNA-guided RNA degradation, translational repression and DNA methylation. Plants have evolved multiple small RNA pathways that have been demonstrated to play an essential role in developmental regulation and defence against invasive nucleic acids such as transposable elements and viruses. Recent studies have provided evidence that the different small RNA pathways play a more diverse role in plant defence against biotic and abiotic stresses. These findings are likely to result in new platforms for engineering stress tolerant crops in the future.

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