, Volume 256, Issue 2, pp 313–329 | Cite as

Roles of potential plant hormones and transcription factors in controlling leaf senescence and drought tolerance

  • Sumira Jan
  • Nazia Abbas
  • Muhammad Ashraf
  • Parvaiz AhmadEmail author
Review Article


Plant leaves offer an exclusive windowpane to uncover the changes in organs, tissues, and cells as they advance towards the process of senescence and death. Drought-induced leaf senescence is an intricate process with remarkably coordinated phases of onset, progression, and completion implicated in an extensive reprogramming of gene expression. Advancing leaf senescence remobilizes nutrients to younger leaves thereby contributing to plant fitness. However, numerous mysteries remain unraveled concerning leaf senescence. We are not still able to correlate leaf senescence and drought stress to endogenous and exogenous environments. Furthermore, we need to decipher how molecular mechanisms of the leaf senescence and levels of drought tolerance are advanced and how is the involvement of SAGs in drought tolerance and plant fitness. This review provides the perspicacity indispensable for facilitating our coordinated point of view pertaining to leaf senescence together with inferences on progression of whole plant aging. The main segments discussed in the review include coordination between hormonal signaling, leaf senescence, drought tolerance, and crosstalk between hormones in leaf senescence regulation.


Leaf senescence Drought tolerance Transcription factors Phytohormones 


Funding information

This work was supported by the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Saud University for funding this research group no. RG-1438-039.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ICAR- Central Institute of Temperate HorticultureSrinagarIndia
  2. 2.Indian Institute of Integrative MedicineSrinagarIndia
  3. 3.University of SargodhaSargodhaPakistan
  4. 4.Department of Botany and Microbiology, Faculty of ScienceKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  5. 5.Department of BotanyS.P. CollegeSrinagarIndia

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