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Molecular Regulation Mechanism of Plant Response to Cold Stress  

Jingjin Cheng1 , Hao Li2 , Haolong Zao2 , Zhenhua Huang2 , Meirong Hai1 , Wei Fan1
1 College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, Yunnan Agricultural University, Kunming, 650201, China
2 College of Resources and Environment, Yunnan Agricultural University, Kunming, 650201, China
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Field Crop, 2022, Vol. 5, No. 1   doi: 10.5376/fc.2022.05.0001
Received: 15 Mar., 2022    Accepted: 24 Mar., 2022    Published: 02 Apr., 2022
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Cheng J.J., Li H., Zao H.L., Huang Z.H., Hai M.R., and Fan W., 2022, Molecular regulation mechanism of plant response to cold stress, Field Crop, 5(1): 1-15 (doi: 10.5376/fc.2022.05.0001)


Cold stress is a major environmental factor that limits plant growth and development, and geographical distribution. Plants have evolved a series of physiological and molecular mechanisms to protect against low-temperature damage in the long-term adaptation to changing environmental temperatures. In recent years, the molecular mechanisms of how plants sense, transduce and regulate low temperature tolerance have made great breakthrough and progress in model plants such as rice and Arabidopsis. Centered on CBF-COR, this paper reviews the molecular mechanism of plant response to low temperature stress by integrating external signals such as low temperature, circadian rhythm, photoperiod, flowering and hormones, as well as internal controls such as transcription level, post translation level and epigenetic modification. The future research direction and focus on this field are discussed.

Cold stress; Signal regulation; Response mechanism
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