43. Tomato: Genomic Approaches for Salt and Drought Stress Tolerance

  1. Dr. Narendra Tuteja5,6,
  2. Dr. Sarvajeet Singh Gill5,7,
  3. Prof. Antonio F. Tiburcio8 and
  4. Dr. Renu Tuteja5
  1. Benito Pineda1,
  2. José Osvaldo García-Abellán2,
  3. Teresa Antón1,
  4. Fernando Pérez2,
  5. Elena Moyano2,
  6. Begoña García Sogo1,
  7. Juan Francisco Campos3,
  8. Trinidad Angosto2,
  9. Belén Morales4,
  10. Juan Capel2,
  11. Vicente Moreno1,
  12. Rafael Lozano2,
  13. Mari Carmen Bolarín2,4 and
  14. Alejandro Atarés1

Published Online: 30 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9783527632930.ch43

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

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

How to Cite

Pineda, B., García-Abellán, J. O., Antón, T., Pérez, F., Moyano, E., García Sogo, B., Campos, J. F., Angosto, T., Morales, B., Capel, J., Moreno, V., Lozano, R., Bolarín, M. C. and Atarés, A. (2012) Tomato: Genomic Approaches for Salt and Drought 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.ch43

Editor Information

  1. 5

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

  2. 6

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

  3. 7

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

  4. 8

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

Author Information

  1. 1

    Universidad Politécnica de Valencia IBMCP, Avenida de los Naranjos, 46022 Valencia, Spain

  2. 2

    Universidad de Almería, Escuela Politécnica Superior, 04120 Almería, Spain

  3. 3

    CEBAS-CSIC, Campus de Espinardo, Apdo. 164, Espinardo, 30100 Murcia, Spain

  4. 4

    CEBAS-CSIC, Department of Stress Biology and Plant Pathology, Campus de Espinardo, Apdo. 164, Espinardo, 30100 Murcia, Spain

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527328406

Online ISBN: 9783527632930



  • drought stress;
  • genomics;
  • omics;
  • osmotic adjustment;
  • salt stress;
  • tomato


Tomato is considered one of the most economically important vegetable crops in the world, particularly in temperate areas. Abiotic stresses as those promoted by salt accumulation and water deficiency entail significant losses of productivity. Despite the great efforts for increasing tolerance in such species of agronomic interest as tomato, the results so far obtained both with conventional breeding methods and with some biotechnological approaches have been rather scarce due to the complexity of the response to salt and drought stress. Moreover, only a small number of genes playing important roles in tolerance mechanisms to drought and/or salinity have been identified so far. Thus, novel tomato genes involved in abiotic stress tolerance need to be isolated and functionally characterized to help increase the level of salt and drought tolerance by means of gene transformation. This chapter focuses on the applications of genomic tools to the genetic dissection of those complex traits in tomato and related halotolerant wild species. First, the opportunities and limitations of the genome-wide expression profiling approaches to identify the genes associated with the stress response are discussed. Likewise, the advances achieved through forward and reverse genetics approaches such as insertional and chemical mutagenesis, TILLING, and other gene tagging approaches are reviewed. Hopefully, the combined use of all these genomics tools will lead to important advances in the genetic and physiological mechanisms of tolerance to drought and salinity in tomato, thus allowing the proper design of future breeding programs.