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Rewilding staple crops for the lost halophytism: toward sustainability and profitability of agricultural production systems


Rawat, N and Wungrampha, S and Singla-Pareek, SL and Yu, M and Shabala, S and Pareek, A, Rewilding staple crops for the lost halophytism: toward sustainability and profitability of agricultural production systems, Molecular plant, 15, (1) pp. 45-64. ISSN 1752-9867 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.molp.2021.12.003


Abiotic stress tolerance has been weakened during the domestication of all major staple crops. Soil salinity is a major environmental constraint that impacts over half of the world population; however, given the increasing reliance on irrigation and the lack of available freshwater, agriculture in the 21st century will increasingly become saline. Therefore, global food security is critically dependent on the ability of plant breeders to create high-yielding staple crop varieties that will incorporate salinity tolerance traits and account for future climate scenarios. Previously, we have argued that the current agricultural practices and reliance on crops that exclude salt from uptake is counterproductive and environmentally unsustainable, and thus called for a need for a major shift in a breeding paradigm to incorporate some halophytic traits that were present in wild relatives but were lost in modern crops during domestication. In this review, we provide a comprehensive physiological and molecular analysis of the key traits conferring crop halophytism, such as vacuolar Na+ sequestration, ROS desensitization, succulence, metabolic photosynthetic switch, and salt deposition in trichomes, and discuss the strategies for incorporating them into elite germplasm, to address a pressing issue of boosting plant salinity tolerance.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:salinity; halophyte; breeding; tissue tolerance
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant physiology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Horticultural crops not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Shabala, S (Professor Sergey Shabala)
ID Code:155130
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Agriculture and Food Systems
Deposited On:2023-01-30
Last Modified:2023-03-20

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