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Anuprita Ray1, Somashree Kundu1, Shuvendu Shekhar Mohapatra2,3, Somya Sinha4, Bahman Khoshru5, Chetan Keswani6 and Debasis Mitra7
1Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering, School of Bioengineering and Biosciences, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab, India.
2Crop Improvement Division, ICAR – National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, India.
3Department of Biotechnology, Berhampur University, Berhampur, India.
4Department of Biotechnology, Graphic Era Deemed to be University, Dehradun Uttarakhand 248002 India.
5Soil and Water Research Institute, Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Karaj 31785-311, Iran.
6Academy of Biology and Biotechnology, Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don-344006, Russia.
7Department of Microbiology, Raiganj University, Raiganj, West Bengal, India.
Article Number: 8964 | © The Author(s). 2024
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2024;18(1):64-79.
Received: 02 September 2023 | Accepted: 11 November 2023 | Published online: 02 February 2024
Issue online: March 2024

Phenolic compounds (PCs) are a prominent class of secondary metabolites produced by plants and are essential for the natural role of the entire plant life cycle. PCs are formed in plants under both favorable and unfavorable conditions and have essential functions in signaling pathways, such as cell division, nutrient mineralization, hormone control, and reproduction. Under abiotic stress conditions, plants produce more polyphenols, which aid them in adapting to their environment. The phenylpropanoid biosynthetic pathway is activated under various environmental stress conditions, such as drought, heavy metal toxicity, salinity, and high/low temperatures, resulting in the deposition of compounds. These compounds can neutralize reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced in excessive amounts in crops under stressful conditions and adversely affect plants. It is imperative to investigate the functions of PCs in response to several abiotic stresses, as the phenylpropanoid pathway plays a crucial role in the metabolic pathway in crop plants, leading to the biosynthesis of a wide range of PCs. These compounds play various roles in plant growth, development, and response to environmental stress. Therefore, this review provides a comprehensive understanding of PCs and their exchanges with other cellular components, which is crucial for harnessing their potential to improve crop resilience to environmental stresses.


Environment, Abiotic Stress, Phenolic, Phenylpropanoid Pathways, ROS, Plant Defense

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