Metabolite-mediated adaptation of crops to drought and the acquisition of tolerance

Fei Zhang, Leah Rosental, Boming Ji, Yariv Brotman, Mingqiu Dai

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Drought is one of the major and growing threats to agriculture productivity and food security. Metabolites are involved in the regulation of plant responses to various environmental stresses, including drought stress. The complex drought tolerance can be ascribed to several simple metabolic traits. These traits could then be used for detecting the genetic architecture of drought tolerance. Plant metabolomes show dynamic differences when drought occurs during different developmental stages or upon different levels of drought stress. Here, we reviewed the major and most recent findings regarding the metabolite-mediated plant drought response. Recent progress in the development of drought-tolerant agents is also discussed. We provide an updated schematic overview of metabolome-driven solutions for increasing crop drought tolerance and thereby addressing an impending agricultural challenge.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPlant Journal
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2024


  • crops
  • drought tolerance
  • drought-tolerant agents
  • metabolic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology


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