Application of genomics-assisted breeding for generation of climate resilient crops: Progress and prospects

Chittaranjan Kole, Mehanathan Muthamilarasan, Robert Henry, David Edwards, Rishu Sharma, Michael Terence Abberton, Jacqueline Batley, Alison Bentley, Michael Blakeney, John Bryant, Hongwei Cai, Mehmet Cakir, Leland J. Cseke, James Cockram, Antonio C. Oliveira, Ciro D. Pace, Hannes Dempewolf, Shelby Ellison, Paul Gepts, Andy J. GreenlandAnthony Hall, Kiyosumi Hori, Stephen Hughes, Mike Humphreys, Massimo Iorizzo, Abdelbagi M. Ismail, Athole Marshall, Sean Mayes, Henry T. Nguyen, Francis C. Ogbonnaya, Rodomiro Ortiz, Andrew H. Paterson, Philipp W. Simon, Joe Tohme, Roberto Toberosa, Babu Valliyodan, Rajeev K. Varshney, Stan D. Wullschleger, Masahiro Yano, Manoj Prasad

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Climate change affects agricultural productivity worldwide. Increased prices of food commodities are the initial indication of drastic edible yield loss, which is expected to surge further due to global warming. This situation has compelled plant scientists to develop climate change-resilient crops, which can withstand broad-spectrum stresses such as drought, heat, cold, salinity, flood and submergence, and pests along with increased productivity. Genomics appears to be a promising tool for deciphering the stress responsiveness of crop species with adaptation traits or in wild relatives towards identifying underlying genes, alleles or quantitative trait loci. Molecular breeding approaches have been proven helpful in enhancing the stress adaptation of crop plants, and recent advancement in next-generation sequencing along with high-throughput sequencing and phenotyping platforms have transformed molecular breeding to genomics assisted breeding (GAB). In view of this, the present review elaborates the progress and prospects of GAB in improving climate change resilience in crop plants towards circumventing global food insecurity.
Original languageEnglish
Article number563
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
Early online date11 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Climate Change
  • Crop Improvement
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Breeding
  • Genomics


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