Exploring the Role of Phenotypic Plasticity in Plant Adaptation to Changing Climate: A Review

Zubaira Bibi

Department of Botany, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan.

Muhammad Junaid Maqsood *

Department of Botany, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan.

Ayesha Idrees

Department of Botany, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan.

Hafisa Rafique

Department of Botany, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan.

Aliza Amjad Butt

Department of Botany, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan.

Rameesha Ali

Department of Botany, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan.

Zunaira Arif

Department of Botany, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan.

Mutie Un Nabi

Department of Botany, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Global ecosystems are threatened by climate change, thus understanding plant response is vital. Phenotypic plasticity allows genotypes to produce different phenotypes in response to different environmental conditions, helping plants adapt to changing climates. The reviewsynthesizes molecular, physiological, and morphological data on plant phenotypic plasticity as a dynamic and responsive survival strategy in unpredictable environments. Review analyses how phenotypic plasticity influences plant resilience and persistence under climate change using empirical data from diverse plant species and settings. The study also analyses how phenotypic plasticity influences plant community dynamics, biodiversity, and ecosystem functioning. Phenotypic plasticity's potential to attenuate climate change and facilitate range alterations is also explored, showing its importance in plant ranges.  Study reviewsgenetic, genomic, ecological, and climatological research on plant phenotypic plasticity in climate adaptation.  Findings stressplant species' resilience in reducing climate change's impact on global ecosystems and influencing conservation and management.

Keywords: Climate change, genotype, synthesis, plasticity, adaptation, conservation

How to Cite

Bibi, Z., Maqsood , M. J., Idrees, A., Rafique , H., Butt , A. A., Ali , R., Arif, Z., & Nabi, M. U. (2024). Exploring the Role of Phenotypic Plasticity in Plant Adaptation to Changing Climate: A Review. Asian Journal of Research in Crop Science, 9(1), 1–9. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajrcs/2024/v9i1241


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