Application of genomics-assisted breeding for generation of climate resilient crops: Progress and prospects

Authors Organisations
  • Chittaranjan Kole(Author)
    Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya
  • Mehanathan Muthamilarasan(Author)
    Indian National Institute Of Plant Genome Research
  • Robert Henry(Author)
    The University of Queensland
  • David Edwards(Author)
    The University of Queensland
  • Rishu Sharma(Author)
    Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya
  • Michael Terence Abberton(Author)
    International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  • Jacqueline Batley(Author)
    The University of Queensland
  • Alison Bentley(Author)
    The John Bigham Laboratory
  • Michael Blakeney(Author)
    Centre for commercial Law Studies
  • John Bryant(Author)
    University of Exeter
  • Hongwei Cai(Author)
    Forage Crop Research Institute, Japan
    China Agricultural University
  • Mehmet Cakir(Author)
    Murdoch University
  • Leland J. Cseke(Author)
    University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • James Cockram(Author)
    John Bingham Laboratory (NIAB)
  • Antonio C. Oliveira(Author)
    Plant Genomics Center, Brazil
  • Ciro D. Pace(Author)
    Tuscia University
  • Hannes Dempewolf(Author)
    Global Crop Diversity Trust, Italy
  • Shelby Ellison(Author)
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Paul Gepts(Author)
    University of California, Davis
  • Andy J. Greenland(Author)
    John Bingham Laboratory (NIAB)
  • Anthony Hall(Author)
    University of California, Riverside
  • Kiyosumi Hori(Author)
    National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences
  • Stephen Hughes(Author)
    University of Exeter
  • Mike Humphreys(Author)
  • Massimo Iorizzo(Author)
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Abdelbagi M. Ismail(Author)
    International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
  • Athole Marshall(Author)
  • Sean Mayes(Author)
    University of Nottingham
  • Henry T. Nguyen(Author)
    University of Missouri-St Louis
  • Francis C. Ogbonnaya(Author)
    Grains Research and Development Corporation
  • Rodomiro Ortiz(Author)
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Andrew H. Paterson(Author)
    University of Georgia
  • Philipp W. Simon(Author)
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Joe Tohme(Author)
    Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT)
  • Roberto Toberosa(Author)
    University of Bologna
  • Babu Valliyodan(Author)
    University of Missouri-St Louis
  • Rajeev K. Varshney(Author)
    International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
  • Stan D. Wullschleger(Author)
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Masahiro Yano(Author)
    Institute of Crop Science, Japan
  • Manoj Prasad(Author)
    Indian National Institute Of Plant Genome Research
Type Literature review
Original languageEnglish
Article number563
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
Early online date11 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
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Climate change affects agricultural productivity worldwide. Increased prices of food commodities are the initial indication of drastic edible yield loss, which is expected to surge further due to global warming. This situation has compelled plant scientists to develop climate change-resilient crops, which can withstand broad-spectrum stresses such as drought, heat, cold, salinity, flood and submergence, and pests along with increased productivity. Genomics appears to be a promising tool for deciphering the stress responsiveness of crop species with adaptation traits or in wild relatives towards identifying underlying genes, alleles or quantitative trait loci. Molecular breeding approaches have been proven helpful in enhancing the stress adaptation of crop plants, and recent advancement in next-generation sequencing along with high-throughput sequencing and phenotyping platforms have transformed molecular breeding to genomics assisted breeding (GAB). In view of this, the present review elaborates the progress and prospects of GAB in improving climate change resilience in crop plants towards circumventing global food insecurity.


  • Climate Change, Crop Improvement, Stress Tolerance, Breeding, Genomics