Abiotic Stress Signaling in Wheat Crop

  • Sana Tounsi
  • Kaouthar Feki
  • Faiçal BriniEmail author


Plants have developed different mechanisms to overcome abiotic stresses. These responses induce change in gene expression, regulation of protein amount, alteration of cellular metabolism, and change in ions homeostasis. Cell signaling depends on the sucrose non-fermenting 1-related protein kinase (SnRK) family under environmental and hormonal stresses. Plant SnRKs are key sensors of cellular energy status. Phytohormones play key roles during germination, growth, development, and flowering and coordinate various signal transduction pathways in plants during environmental stresses. Here, we review recent advances in elucidating the signaling pathways for abiotic stresses. We will also focus on how plant SnRK may be related to mechanisms of gene expression, metabolism, physiology, growth, and development in wheat. Finally, the cross talk between signal transduction pathways involving phytohormone is highlighted with a focus on the response of wheat to abiotic stresses.


Abiotic stress Phytohormones Protein kinase Stress signaling Wheat 



Abscisic acid


ABA-responsive element-binding factor/ABRE-binding factor


Calcium-dependent protein kinase


Drought-responsive element-binding factor/c-repeat-binding factor


High-affinity K+ transporter


Heat shock factors


Heat shock proteins


Mitogen-activated protein kinase


MYB recognition site/MYC recognition site




Reactive oxygen species


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  1. 1.Biotechnology and Plant Improvement Laboratory, Centre of Biotechnology of Sfax (CBS)University of SfaxSfaxTunisia
  2. 2.Laboratory of Legumes, Centre of Biotechnology Bordj CedriaUniversity of Carthage-TunisHammam LifTunisia

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