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Acta Physiologiae Plantarum

, Volume 35, Issue 5, pp 1381–1396 | Cite as

Seed priming for abiotic stress tolerance: an overview

  • K. C. Jisha
  • K. Vijayakumari
  • Jos T. Puthur
Review

Abstract

Plants are exposed to any number of potentially adverse environmental conditions such as water deficit, high salinity, extreme temperature, submergence, etc. These abiotic stresses adversely affect the plant growth and productivity. Nowadays various strategies are employed to generate plants that can withstand these stresses. In recent years, seed priming has been developed as an indispensable method to produce tolerant plants against various stresses. Seed priming is the induction of a particular physiological state in plants by the treatment of natural and synthetic compounds to the seeds before germination. In plant defense, priming is defined as a physiological process by which a plant prepares to respond to imminent abiotic stress more quickly or aggressively. Moreover, plants raised from primed seeds showed sturdy and quick cellular defense response against abiotic stresses. Priming for enhanced resistance to abiotic stress obviously is operating via various pathways involved in different metabolic processes. The seedlings emerging from primed seeds showed early and uniform germination. Moreover, the overall growth of plants is enhanced due to the seed-priming treatments. The main objective of this review is to provide an overview of various crops in which seed priming is practiced and about various seed-priming methods and its effects.

Keywords

Seed priming Abiotic stress Osmopriming Productivity Hydropriming Chemical priming Hormonal priming Biopriming Redoxpriming Matripriming 

Notes

Acknowledgments

J.T.P. would like to acknowledge the funding received from University Grants Commission (India) (39-367/2010(SR) and KSCSTE, Govt. of Kerala (India) (011/SRSLS/2010/CSTE).

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  1. 1.Plant Physiology and Biochemistry Division, Department of BotanyUniversity of CalicutThenjipalamIndia

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