20. Transcription Factors: Improving Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants

  1. Dr. Narendra Tuteja2,3,
  2. Dr. Sarvajeet Singh Gill2,4,
  3. Prof. Antonio F. Tiburcio5 and
  4. Dr. Renu Tuteja2
  1. Pil Joon Seo,
  2. Jae-Hoon Jung and
  3. Chung-Mo Park

Published Online: 30 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9783527632930.ch20

Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stress, Volume 1 & Volume 2

Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stress, Volume 1 & Volume 2

How to Cite

Seo, P. J., Jung, J.-H. and Park, C.-M. (2012) Transcription Factors: Improving Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants, in Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stress, Volume 1 & Volume 2 (eds N. Tuteja, S. S. Gill, A. F. Tiburcio and R. Tuteja), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527632930.ch20

Editor Information

  1. 2

    International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Plant Molecular Biology Group, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110 067, India

  2. 3

    MD University, Centre for Biotechnology, Rohtak 124 001, Haryana, India

  3. 4

    Aligarh Muslim University, Department of Botany, Aligarh 202 002, Uttar Pradesh, India

  4. 5

    Universitat de Barcelona, Unitat de Fisiologia Vegetal, Facultat de Farmàcia, Av. Joan XXIII, S/N, 08028 Barcelona, Spain

Author Information

  1. Seoul National University, Department of Chemistry, Seoul 151-742, Korea

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527328406

Online ISBN: 9783527632930



  • abiotic stress;
  • cis-element;
  • epigenetic regulation;
  • microRNA;
  • membrane-bound transcription factor;
  • phosphorylation;
  • protein-protein interactions;
  • small peptide;
  • sumoylation;
  • transcription factors;
  • ubiquitination


Perception of environmental cues and downstream cellular signaling schemes are critical for plant adaptation and survival under abiotic stress conditions. Gene transcription is a primary regulatory scheme that induces massive biological processes and traits in response to incoming signals. In this regard, transcription factors play a critical role in gene regulatory networks governing cellular and organismal responses to developmental signals, including those mediated by growth hormonal regulators, and environmental fluctuations, such as cold or low temperatures, high salinity, and drought. Numerous transcription factors and their target genes have been identified, and underlying molecular mechanisms have been explored in a variety of plant species, mostly in Arabidopsis and rice. Furthermore, it has been shown that there are extensive signaling crosstalks among different environmental signals. Therefore, understanding the roles of major transcription factors in stress adaptation responses and their signaling interactions is important for genetic engineering of crop plants to improve stress tolerance. In this chapter, transcriptional signaling cascades under various abiotic stress conditions, roles of transcription factors, and their regulatory schemes are discussed.