Beat the heat: plant- and microbe-mediated strategies for crop thermotolerance

Kirti Shekhawat, Marilia Almeida-Trapp, Gabriel X. García-Ramírez, Heribert Hirt*

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Heat stress (HS) affects plant growth and development, and reduces crop yield. To combat HS, plants have evolved several sophisticated strategies. The primary HS response in plants involves the activation of heat-shock transcription factors and heat-shock proteins (HSPs). Plants also deploy more advanced epigenetic mechanisms in response to recurring HS conditions. In addition, beneficial microbes can reprogram the plant epitranscriptome to induce thermotolerance, and have the potential to improve crop yield productivity by mitigating HS-induced inhibition of growth and development. We summarize the latest advances in plant epigenetic regulation and highlight microbe-mediated thermotolerance in plants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)802-813
Number of pages12
JournalTrends in plant science
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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