Improvement of salinity stress tolerance in rice: Challenges and opportunities

Thi My Linh Hoang, Thach Ngoc Tran, Thuy Kieu Tien Nguyen, Brett Williams, Penelope Wurm, Sean Bellairs, Sagadevan Mundree

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Rice (Oryza sativa L) is an important staple crop that feeds more than one half of the world's population and is the model system for monocotyledonous plants. However, rice is very sensitive to salinity and is the most salt sensitive cereal crop with a threshold of 3 dSm-1 for most cultivated varieties. Despite many attempts using different strategies to improve salinity tolerance in rice, the achievements so far are quite modest. This review aims to discuss challenges that hinder the improvement of salinity stress tolerance in rice as well as potential opportunities for enhancing salinity stress tolerance in this important crop.

Original languageEnglish
Article number54
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


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