Devireddy, A. R., 2021. International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Role of reactive oxygen species and hormones in plant response to temperature changes

Amith R. Devireddy, Timothy J. Tschaplinski, Gerald A. Tuskan, Wellington Muchero, and Jin-Gui Chen
17 Aug 2021; International Journal of Molecular Sciences,


Temperature stress is one of the major abiotic stresses that adversely affect agricultural productivity worldwide. Temperatures beyond a plant’s physiological optimum can trigger significant physiological and biochemical perturbations, reducing plant growth and tolerance to stress. Improving a plant’s tolerance to these temperature fluctuations requires a deep understanding of its responses to environmental change.  To adapt to temperature fluctuations, plants tailor their acclimatory signal transduction events, and specifically, cellular redox state, that are governed by plant hormones, reactive oxygen species (ROS) regulatory systems, and other molecular components. The role of ROS in plants as important signaling molecules during stress acclimation has recently been established. Here, hormone-triggered ROS produced by NADPH oxidases, feedback regulation, and integrated signaling events during temperature stress activate stress-response pathways and induce acclimation or defense mechanisms. At the other extreme, excess ROS accumulation, following temperature-induced oxidative stress, can have negative consequences on plant growth and stress acclimation. The excessive ROS is regulated by the ROS scavenging system, which subsequently promotes plant tolerance. All these signaling events, including crosstalk between hormones and ROS, modify the plant’s transcriptomic, metabolomic, and biochemical states and promote plant acclimation, tolerance, and survival. Here, we provide a comprehensive review of the ROS, hormones, and their joint role in shaping a plant’s responses to high and low temperatures, and we conclude by outlining hormone/ROS-regulated plant responsive strategies for developing stress-tolerant crops to combat temperature changes.


Devireddy AR, Tschaplinski TJ, Tuskan GA, Muchero W, Chen J-G. Role of Reactive Oxygen Species and Hormones in Plant Responses to Temperature Changes. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2021; 22(16):8843.

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