Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 59–69 | Cite as

Evaluation of tea (Camellia sinensis L.) biochemical traits in normal and drought stress conditions to identify drought tolerant clones

  • Mehdi RahimiEmail author
  • Mojtaba Kordrostami
  • Mojtaba Mortezavi
Research Article


Abiotic stresses, such as drought, can induce different morphological, physiological and molecular responses in the tea plants. Since there have not been any experiments on the screening of tea genotypes in terms of drought tolerance, this study was conducted to screen the drought resistance of 14 tea clones of Iran germplasm in a randomized complete block design with three replications, separately in two stressed and non-stressed conditions at Fashalam tea station. The results of grouping the clones under normal and stress conditions and comparing their results with the results of mean comparison of the agronomic and biochemical traits showed that in all cases, clones 100, Bazri and 399 were in the group that can be identified as the drought-tolerant group. Also, the results showed that in the most cases, clones 278, 276 and 285 were placed in a group that had low values for all of the traits and could be considered as a group that are susceptible to drought stress.


Biochemical traits Drought stress Mean comparison Tea 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biotechnology, Institute of Science and High Technology and Environmental SciencesGraduate University of Advanced TechnologyKermanIran
  2. 2.Department of Plant Biotechnology, Faculty of Agricultural SciencesUniversity of GuilanRashtIran

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