30. Wheat and Rice Crops: “Omics” Approaches for Abiotic Stress Tolerance

  1. Dr. Narendra Tuteja2,3,
  2. Dr. Sarvajeet Singh Gill2,4,
  3. Prof. Antonio F. Tiburcio5 and
  4. Dr. Renu Tuteja2
  1. Suja George,
  2. Ajay Parida and
  3. Monkombu S. Swaminathan

Published Online: 30 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9783527632930.ch30

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

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

How to Cite

George, S., Parida, A. and Swaminathan, M. S. (2012) Wheat and Rice Crops: “Omics” Approaches for Abiotic Stress Tolerance, 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.ch30

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. M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, III Cross Street, Institutional Area, Taramani, Chennai 600113, India

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527328406

Online ISBN: 9783527632930



  • abiotic stress tolerance;
  • genomics;
  • metabolomics;
  • miRNA;
  • omics;
  • proteomics;
  • transgenic


Abiotic stresses are the principal causes of crop failure, reducing average yields of most major crops by more than 50%. Rice and wheat are the two most important food crops in the world, together occupying about 28% of all crop area. A considerable amount of crop biomass for which genetic potential exists in the present-day cultivars in wheat and rice is not harvested under field conditions, primarily because of the sensitivity of these crops to various stresses. To meet human needs by 2050, grain production must increase at an annual rate of 2% on an area of land over what is being produced at present. Modern biotechnology has a lot to offer in the field of crop improvement in the present scenario both in understanding the mechanisms of stress and stress tolerance in plants and in developing crop plants better equipped for harsher environmental conditions. A great deal of research has been carried out in the recent past in the field of plant abiotic stress tolerance encompassing genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. These “omic” technologies investigate different facets of a given scientific issue such as abiotic stress tolerance, but complement each other. Integration of phenotypic, genetic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and metabolomic data will enable accurate and detailed gene network reconstruction. This chapter discusses the recent “omic” studies in wheat and rice in the field of abiotic stress tolerance.