Frontiers of Agriculture in China

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 31–34 | Cite as

Breeding for drought tolerance in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.): constraints and future prospects

Review

Abstract

This review article is based on different aspects of wheat breeding for drought tolerance. Drought is regarded as one of the most serious threats to agriculture in Pakistan. Therefore, breeding for drought tolerance must be given top priority. Here, we try to study various options available to wheat breeders exploring the underlying mechanisms of drought tolerance. The progress made in conventional and non-conventional (molecular) based approaches with potential findings and constraints are reviewed in this article. Equipped with such information, it will be possible for breeders to further explore the mysteries of drought tolerance and to select genotypes with an improved yield under water-deficit conditions.

Keywords

breeding drought tolerance wheat 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant Breeding & Genetics, College of Agriculture & Environmental SciencesThe Islamia University of BahawalpurBahawalpurPakistan

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