Andreas Savvides, Shawkat Ali, Mark Tester and Vasileios Fotopoulos. Chemical Priming of Plants Against Multiple Abiotic Stresses: Mission Possible? Trends in Plant Science Cell Press. doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2015.11.003
Crop plants are subjected to multiple abiotic stresses during their lifespan that greatly reduce productivity and threaten global food security. Recent research suggests that plants can be primed by chemical compounds to better tolerate different abiotic stresses. Chemical priming is a promising field in plant stress physiology and crop stress management. We review here promising chemical agents such as sodium nitroprusside, hydrogen peroxide, sodium hydrosulfide, melatonin, and polyamines that can potentially confer enhanced tolerance when plants are exposed to multiple abiotic stresses. The challenges and opportunities of chemical priming are addressed, with the aim to boost future research towards effective application in crop stress management.