Thermal Stress Impacts on Reproductive Development and Grain Yield in Grain Legumes

Nirmali Gogoi, Muhammad Farooq, Sharmistha Barthakur, Bhaswatee Baroowa*, Sreyashi Paul, Nandita Bharadwaj, Sunkar Ramanjulu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Temperature stress (cold, heat) during reproductive development is one of the serious constraints to the productivity of grain legumes as their cultivation is expanding to warmer environments and temperature variability is increasing due to climate change. Grain legumes exposed to temperature below 10-15°C or above 30°C show flower abortion, pollen and ovule infertility, impaired fertilization, and reduced seed filling, leading to substantial reduction in grain yield. For managing these effects of temperature extremes, it is important to improve the resistance of grain legumes by using improved breeding and genetic engineering tools. In this review article, the impact of both high and low temperature stress on different phases of the reproductive stage, from meiosis to grain filling, and the sensitivity of different reproductive organs to temperature extremes are discussed. The review also covers the management options to improve resistance to temperature stress in grain legumes. Furthermore, innovative breeding, genetic and molecular strategies in grain legumes against temperature stress are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-291
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Plant Biology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2018


  • Breeding
  • Genetic engineering
  • Grain development
  • Grain legumes
  • Omics approaches
  • Temperature stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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