39. Grain Legumes (Soybean, Chickpea, and Peanut): Omics Approaches to Enhance 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. D. Srinivas Reddy,
  2. Pooja Bhatnagar-Mathur,
  3. Vincent Vadez and
  4. Kiran K. Sharma

Published Online: 30 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9783527632930.ch39

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

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

How to Cite

Reddy, D. S., Bhatnagar-Mathur, P., Vadez, V. and Sharma, K. K. (2012) Grain Legumes (Soybean, Chickpea, and Peanut): Omics Approaches to Enhance 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.ch39

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. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh 502 324, 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;
  • expressed sequence tag;
  • grain legumes;
  • marker-assisted selection;
  • omics;
  • water deficit


Legumes rank third in world crop production, and abiotic stress is the major constraint to crop productivity. Biotechnological applications including all “omics” have been the direct and potential approaches for improving abiotic stress tolerance in grain legumes and requires knowledge of stress response at molecular level, which includes gene expression to protein or metabolite and its phenotypic effects. Genome-wide expression profiling studies have been carried out in the legumes to identify the candidate genes and regulatory networks among abiotic stress responses. Among the grain legumes, although soybean has been more intensively studied, more recently, sensitive and tolerant varieties of chickpea and peanut have been characterized under abiotic stress conditions. Nevertheless, proteomic studies in response to abiotic stress in legumes are still very limited with only Medicago truncatula and soybean protein reference maps available. Some of the major QTL controlling abiotic stress tolerance in legumes have been mapped for a major QTL for salt tolerance in soybean and drought tolerance-related traits in peanut. Although, Agrobacterium-mediated gene transfer has been reported in all the major legume crops, so far only one legume, that is, soybean, has been commercialized. Transgenic technologies for improved abiotic stress tolerance involving regulatory genes have proved more efficient than using single or multiple functional genes involved in stress tolerance. Hence, the current advances in “omics” technologies and availability of the genome sequences of model legumes and soybean offer great potential to improve the stress tolerance of the legume crops. This chapter attempts to provide a detailed discussion about the different “omics” approaches and their applications for abiotic stress research on major legumes.