Morphological, physiological and molecular markers for salt-stressed plants

Aigerim Soltabayeva, Assel Ongaltay, John Okoth Omondi, Sudhakar Srivastava

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Plant growth and development is adversely affected by different kind of stresses. One of the major abiotic stresses, salinity, causes complex changes in plants by influencing the interactions of genes. The modulated genetic regulation perturbs metabolic balance, which may alter plant’s physiology and eventually causing yield losses. To improve agricultural output, researchers have concentrated on identification, characterization and selection of salt tolerant varieties and genotypes, although, most of these varieties are less adopted for commercial production. Nowadays, phenotyp-ing plants through Machine learning (deep learning) approaches that analyze the images of plant leaves to predict biotic and abiotic damage on plant leaves have increased. Here, we review salinity stress related markers on molecular, physiological and morphological levels for crops such as maize, rice, ryegrass, tomato, salicornia, wheat and model plant, Arabidopsis. The combined analysis of data from stress markers on different levels together with image data are important for understanding the impact of salt stress on plants.

Original languageEnglish
Article number243
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Antioxidant
  • Chloro-phyll
  • Molecular markers
  • Morphological markers
  • Physiological markers
  • Salinity stress
  • Stress tolerance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Plant Science


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