A combination of stomata deregulation and a distinctive modulation of amino acid metabolism are associated with enhanced tolerance of wheat varieties to transient drought Academic Article uri icon


  • Introduction Mediterranean winter crops are commonly and increasingly exposed to irregular rainfall and high temperatures, which lead to transient drought events of different degrees, adversely affecting growth and yield. Hence, exploring the diverse degrees of tolerance to drought existing in the crop and the molecular strategies behind it is pivotal for the development of ad hoc breeding programs. Objective We investigated the physiological and metabolic response of six commercial wheat cultivars to transient water stress at the tillering and grain-filling stages. Methods Drought experiments in lysimeters were set up at two developmental stages including six wheat cultivars. Newly expanded youngest leaves and flag leaves were sampled during the drought and following recovery. Metabolite profiles were generated using a GC–MS based protocol. Data on transpiration were continually …

publication date

  • October 9, 2017