The current invention provides a method for rapid testing of stress tolerance in a plant and a method of producing plants with enhanced stress tolerance, in particular cold and/or drought tolerance. Such a method may be applied in breeding and selection programs for this trait, or for determining the timing of induction of stress and cold tolerance or hardening of a plant, for instance for agricultural purposes. The current invention exploits a difference in the temperature and light regimen induced transcriptional regulation of several types of dehydrins, in order to determine a ratio of dehydrin types that is indicative of cold and/or drought tolerance, induction of hardening and dormancy in a plant.
|Publication status||Published - 17 Aug 2006|
van Wordragen, M. F., Balk, P. A., & van der Geest, A. H. M. (2006). Methods and means for determining and conferring stress tolerance in plants. (Patent No. WO2006085769). https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/originalDocument?CC=WO&NR=2006085769A2&KC=A2&FT=D&ND=3&date=20060817&DB=EPODOC&locale=en_EP