Plant Hormones as Mediators of Stress Response in Tea Plants

  • Liping Zhang
  • Golam Jalal Ahammed
  • Xin Li
  • Peng Yan
  • Lan Zhang
  • Wen-Yan Han


The roles of hormones in plant growth, development and responses to stress have extensively been studied in model plants as well as some crop species. Some important genes, molecular players, and transcription factors (TFs) have been shown to play a vital role in mediating multiple hormone-regulated processes and stress responses. Recent transcriptomic analysis in tea plants identified some interesting candidates that are potentially involved in the hormonal control based on the knowledge of model plants. Identification of these genes suggests that modulation of hormone biosynthesis and signaling pathways can be effective toward manipulation of tea composition (quality) and stress tolerance; however, the issue has never been thoroughly reviewed. In this chapter, we aim to discuss those putative genes and TFs and link them with the response of tea plants to different environmental stimuli. In addition, the underlying physiological and molecular mechanisms of hormone-mediated responses to environmental stress are discussed.


Abiotic stress Crosstalk Plant hormone Tea plant (Camellia sinensisTranscription factor (TF) 



Research in the authors’ laboratories is supported by grants from the Key Project of International Science & Technology Cooperation, National Key Research and Development Programme of China (2017YFE0107500), the Open Fund of State Key Laboratory of Tea Plant Biology and Utilization (SKLTOF20170106), the Innovation Project of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS-ASTIP-2015-TRICAAS-08), Henan University of Science and Technology (HAUST) Research Start-up Fund for New Faculty (13480058), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31600561), and the Central Public-interest Scientific Institution Basal Research Fund (1610212016013, 1610212018015).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liping Zhang
    • 1
  • Golam Jalal Ahammed
    • 2
  • Xin Li
    • 3
  • Peng Yan
    • 1
  • Lan Zhang
    • 1
  • Wen-Yan Han
    • 3
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Tea Quality and Safety Control, Ministry of Agriculture, Tea Research InstituteChinese Academy of Agricultural SciencesHangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Horticulture, College of ForestryHenan University of Science and TechnologyLuoyangPR China
  3. 3.Chinese Academy of Agricultural SciencesTea Research InstituteHangzhouPR China

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