Climate Smart Crops: Flood and Drought-Tolerant Crops

  • Camila Pegoraro
  • Carlos Busanello
  • Luciano Carlos da Maia
  • Antonio Costa de Oliveira


The increasing demands of world’s population make it mandatory to increase food production. Global climate changes currently threaten this goal, through many adverse conditions, such as water stress by excess (waterlogging or flooding) or scarcity (drought). One alternative to overcome this challenge is the development of stress resilient crops, since an increase in the number of affected areas and the intensity of stress occurring in those, is happening as a consequence of climate changes. Molecular, physiological and epigenetic changes may be key to achieve tolerance to these stresses and are discussed in this chapter.


Genetic variability Transgenic Gene expression Epigenetic 



The authors would like to thank Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) and Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) and Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa do Rio Grande do Sul (FAPERGS) for research funding and scholarships.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Camila Pegoraro
    • 1
  • Carlos Busanello
    • 1
  • Luciano Carlos da Maia
    • 1
  • Antonio Costa de Oliveira
    • 1
  1. 1.Plant Genomics and Breeding Center, School of Agronomy Eliseu MacielFederal University of PelotasPelotasBrazil

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