Transcriptional networks-crops, clocks, and abiotic stress

Malia A. Gehan, Kathleen Greenham, Todd C. Mockler, C. Robertson McClung

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Several factors affect the yield potential and geographical range of crops including the circadian clock, water availability, and seasonal temperature changes. In order to sustain and increase plant productivity on marginal land in the face of both biotic and abiotic stresses, we need to more efficiently generate stress-resistant crops through marker-assisted breeding, genetic modification, and new genome-editing technologies. To leverage these strategies for producing the next generation of crops, future transcriptomic data acquisition should be pursued with an appropriate temporal design and analyzed with a network-centric approach. The following review focuses on recent developments in abiotic stress transcriptional networks in economically important crops and will highlight the utility of correlation-based network analysis and applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-46
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Plant Biology
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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