Morphological, Physiobiochemical and Molecular Adaptability of Legumes of Fabaceae to Drought Stress, with Special Reference to Medicago Sativa L

Akbar Hossain*, Muhammad Farooq, Ayman El Sabagh, Mirza Hasanuzzaman, Murat Erman, Tofazzal Islam

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Drought stress (DS) is one of the most hostile limitations for sustainable crop production. Developing DS-tolerant crop cultivars and the use of better crop management practices may help improve crop performance under drought. In this chapter, the adverse effect of drought on the growth and development of legumes and the morphological, physiobiochemical, and molecular basis of adaptability to drought are described. Under drought, overproduction of reactive oxygen species causes oxidative damage. The role of osmolytes and antioxidants in countering the oxidative damages has been widely described. Moreover, “omics-based approaches, ” such as proteomics, metabolomics–transcriptomics, and genomics are promissory approaches to identify drought-tolerant genes, decode complex gene networks, and numerous signaling cascades involved in drought tolerance in legumes. The recently developed CRISPR-Cas technology has already been used in precision breeding of many plants including the members of Fabaceae such as alfalfa is also discussed in the chapter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Plant Family Fabaceae
Subtitle of host publicationBiology and Physiological Responses to Environmental Stresses
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9789811547522
ISBN (Print)9789811547515
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Alfalfa
  • Antioxidative protection
  • Ascorbate-glutathione cycle
  • Omics approaches
  • Rought stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Engineering
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Environmental Science

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