26. Transcription Factors: Improving Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants

  1. Dr. Narendra Tuteja3,4,
  2. Dr. Sarvajeet Singh Gill3,5,
  3. Prof. Antonio F. Tiburcio6 and
  4. Dr. Renu Tuteja3
  1. Tetsuya Ishida1,
  2. Yuriko Osakabe2 and
  3. Shuichi Yanagisawa1

Published Online: 30 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9783527632930.ch26

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

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

How to Cite

Ishida, T., Osakabe, Y. and Yanagisawa, S. (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.ch26

Editor Information

  1. 3

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

  2. 4

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

  3. 5

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

  4. 6

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

Author Information

  1. 1

    The University of Tokyo, Biotechnology Research Center, 1-1-1 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8657, Japan

  2. 2

    RIKEN Plant Science Center, Gene Discovery Research Group, 3-1-1 Kouyadai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0074, Japan

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527328406

Online ISBN: 9783527632930



  • abiotic stress;
  • drought;
  • nutrient starvation;
  • stress response;
  • stress tolerance;
  • transcription factor


Plant growth and productivity are greatly affected by environmental abiotic stresses, including drought, high salinity, high or low temperature, nutrient starvation, and excess metals in soils. After perceiving these stress signals, plants modulate the expression levels of various genes to adapt to and overcome environmental changes. Transcription factors thus play central roles in the regulatory networks that mediate the adaptation of plants to various environmental stresses. Although our knowledge of the transcription factors associated with abiotic stress response in crops is still limited, a number of such transcription factors have been recently identified, mainly in the model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana. In addition, several examples of transcription factors being successfully utilized to improve abiotic stress tolerance have now been reported, suggesting that this is a promising strategy to enhance stress tolerance in crops. In this chapter, we provide an overview of the present knowledge of plant transcription factors associated with various abiotic stress responses and their potential application to the enhancement of abiotic stress tolerance in plants.