Drought Stress in Plants: Causes, Consequences, and Tolerance

  • Seyed Yahya Salehi-LisarEmail author
  • Hamideh Bakhshayeshan-AgdamEmail author


Drought (water stress) is one of the most important environmental stresses and occurs for several reasons, including low rainfall, salinity, high and low temperatures, and high intensity of light, among others. Drought stress is a multidimensional stress and causes changes in the physiological, morphological, biochemical, and molecular traits in plants. Many plants have improved their resistance mechanisms to tolerate drought stress, but these mechanisms are varied and depend on the plant species. Typically, mechanisms involved in plant tolerance to drought follow a general plan: maintaining cell homeostasis in water-deficit situations, which is possible by increasing the water inlet to the cells. Drought avoidance is other common drought resistance mechanism in annual plants. With this mechanism, escape from stress conditions is the main strategy for plant growth under drought conditions.


Drought Cause Effects Tolerance Management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Natural SciencesUniversity of TabrizTabrizIran

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