The heat shock protein/chaperone network and multiple stress resistance

Crop yield has been greatly enhanced during the last century. However, most elite cultivars are adapted to temperate climates and are not well suited to more stressful conditions. In the context of climate change, stress resistance is a major concern. To overcome these difficulties, scientists may help breeders by providing genetic markers associated with stress resistance. However, multi-stress resistance cannot be obtained from the simple addition of single stress resistance traits. In the field, stresses are unpredictable and several may occur at once. Consequently, the use of single stress resistance traits is often inadequate. Although it has been historically linked with the heat stress response, the heat shock protein (HSP)/chaperone network is a major component of multiple stress responses. Among the HSP/chaperone

Jacob P, Hirt H, Bendahmane A (2016) The heat shock protein/chaperone network and multiple stress resistance. Plant Biotechnology Journal. Available:

Financial support was provided by the European Research Council (ERCSEXYPARTH), King Abdullah University and Plant Biology and Breeding Department of INRA.


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