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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2015

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

Kole, Chittaranjan; Ortiz Rios, Rodomiro Octavio; Prasad, Manoj


Climate change affects agricultural productivity worldwide. Increased prices of food commodities are the initial indication of drastic edible yield loss, which is expected to increase further due to global warming. This situation has compelled plant scientists to develop climate change-resilient crops,which can withstand broad-spectrums tresses such as drought, heat, cold, salinity, flood, submergence and pests, thus helping to deliver increased productivity. Genomics appears to be a promising tool for deciphering the stress responsiveness of crop species with adaptation traits or in wild relatives toward identifying underlying genes, alleles or quantitative trait loci. Molecular breeding approaches have proven helpful in enhancing the stress adaptation of crop plants, and recent advances in high-throughput sequencing and phenotyping platforms have transformed molecula rbreeding to genomics-assisted breeding (GAB). In view of this, the present review elaborates the progress and prospects of GAB for improving climate change resilience in crops, which is likely to play an ever increasing role in the effort to ensure global food security.


climate change; crop improvement; stress tolerance; breeding; genomics

Published in

Frontiers in Plant Science
2015, volume: 6, article number: 563

Authors' information

Kole, Chittaranjan
Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Breeding
Prasad, Manoj
National Institute of Plant Genome Research

Associated SLU-program

SLU Network Plant Protection

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG13 Climate action
SDG2 Zero hunger

UKÄ Subject classification

Agricultural Science
Plant Biotechnology
Genetics and Breeding

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