Manipulating Transcription Factors to Improve Drought and Salt Tolerance in Soybeans

  • Kachroo, Aardra (PI)

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Abiotic stresses are the most significant impediments to worldwide crop production including that of soybean. The PI's group has identified a group of transcription factors that belong to the NAC family of transcription factors that regulate abiotic stress tolerance in soybean and other plants. Downregulation of the expression of these transcription factors enhances soybean susceptibility to salt and drought stress. Conversely, overexpression of these proteins increases tolerance to these stresses in the model plant Arabidopsis. The proposed work will characterize the mechanisms via which these transcription factors regulate tolerance to water stress and identify avenues to use these transcription factors for mitigating drought related losses to the soybean crop. Identifying novel avenues of improved drought tolerance is particularly important for mitigating crop loss in the current changing climatic conditions.
Effective start/end date7/1/186/30/20


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