Plant Molecular Biology

, Volume 48, Issue 5–6, pp 667–681 | Cite as

Molecular genetics of heat tolerance and heat shock proteins in cereals

  • Elena Maestri
  • Natalya Klueva
  • Carla Perrotta
  • Mariolina Gulli
  • Henry T. Nguyen
  • Nelson Marmiroli

Abstract

Heat stress is common in most cereal-growing areas of the world. In this paper, we summarize the current knowledge on the molecular and genetic basis of thermotolerance in vegetative and reproductive tissues of cereals. Significance of heat stress response and expression of heat shock proteins (HSPs) in thermotolerance of cereal yield and quality is discussed. Major avenues for increasing thermotolerance in cereals via conventional breeding or genetic modification are outlined.

abiotic stress gene cloning gene mapping heat shock proteins heat tolerance 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Maestri
    • 1
  • Natalya Klueva
    • 2
  • Carla Perrotta
    • 1
  • Mariolina Gulli
    • 1
  • Henry T. Nguyen
    • 2
  • Nelson Marmiroli
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Genetics and Environmental Biotechnology, Dept. of Environmental SciencesUniversity of ParmaParmaItaly
  2. 2.Plant Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science and Center for Biotechnology and GenomicsTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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