Gene pyramiding for sustainable crop improvement against biotic and abiotic stresses

Richard Dormatey, Chao Sun, Kazim Ali, Jeffrey A. Coulter, Zhenzhen Bi, Jiangping Bai

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Sustainable agricultural production is endangered by several ecological factors, such as drought, extreme temperatures, excessive salts, parasitic ailments, and insect pest infestation. These challenging environmental factors may have adverse effects on future agriculture production in many countries. In modern agriculture, conventional crop-breeding techniques alone are inadequate for achieving the increasing population's food demand on a sustainable basis. The advancement of molecular genetics and related technologies are promising tools for the selection of new crop species. Gene pyramiding through marker-assisted selection (MAS) and other techniques have accelerated the development of durable resistant/tolerant lines with high accuracy in the shortest period of time for agricultural sustainability. Gene stacking has not been fully utilized for biotic stress resistance development and quality improvement in most of the major cultivated crops. This review emphasizes on gene pyramiding techniques that are being successfully deployed in modern agriculture for improving crop tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses for sustainable crop improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1255
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2020

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  • Crop improvement
  • Gene pyramiding
  • Marker-assisted selection
  • Stress resistance


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