Cold Stress in Wheat: Plant Acclimation Responses and Management Strategies

Muhammad A. Hassan, Chen Xiang, Muhammad Farooq, Noor Muhammad, Zhang Yan, Xu Hui, Ke Yuanyuan, Attiogbe K. Bruno, Zhang Lele, Li Jincai*

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Unpredicted variability in temperature is associated with frequent extreme low-temperature events. Wheat is a leading crop in fulfilling global food requirements. Climate-driven temperature extremes influence the vegetative and reproductive growth of wheat, followed by a decrease in yield. This review describes how low temperature induces a series of modifications in the morphophysiological, biochemical, and molecular makeup of wheat and how it is perceived. To cope with these modifications, crop plants turn on their cold-tolerance mechanisms, characterized by accumulating soluble carbohydrates, signaling molecules, and cold tolerance gene expressions. The review also discusses the integrated management approaches to enhance the performance of wheat plants against cold stress. In this review, we propose strategies for improving the adaptive capacity of wheat besides alleviating risks of cold anticipated with climate change.

Original languageEnglish
Article number676884
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
Publication statusPublished - Jul 8 2021


  • cold acclimation
  • cold stress damage
  • physiological mechanism
  • stress management
  • wheat
  • yield

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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