Abscisic acid in plant response and adaptation to drought and salt stress

Liming Xiong*

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The plant stress hormone abscisic acid (ABA) plays several critical roles in plant response to stress and stress tolerance. ABA is well studied for its roles in the activation of stress-responsive genes and the regulation of guard cell movement. More recently, ABA has also been demonstrated to regulate root adaptation to drought stress. To date, limited success has been achieved in regulating plant ABA action for increasing plant drought tolerance. Revealing the mechanisms of ABA action in stress adaptation will further help the development of hardy crop plants

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Molecular Breeding Toward Drought and Salt Tolerant Crops
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)9781402055775
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • ABA
  • drought stress
  • drought tolerance
  • root development
  • salt stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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