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Abiotic Stress Responses in Plants

Metabolism, Productivity and Sustainability

Ahmad, Parvaiz, Prasad, M.N.V. (Eds.)

2012, XV, 473p. 61 illus., 14 illus. in color.

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  • Features comprehensive coverage of abiotic stress responses in plants
  • Can be read on its own, as well as a complement to Environmental Adaptations and Stress Tolerance of Plants in the Era of Climate Change
  • Encompasses the collected insights and research of the foremost authorities in the plant sciences

Abiotic stress cause changes in soil-plant-atmosphere continuum and is responsible for reduced yield in several major crops.  Therefore, the subject of abiotic stress response in plants - metabolism, productivity and sustainability - is gaining considerable significance in the contemporary world. Abiotic stress is an integral part of “climate change,” a complex phenomenon with a wide range of unpredictable impacts on the environment. Prolonged exposure to these abiotic stresses results in altered metabolism and damage to biomolecules. Plants evolve defense mechanisms to tolerate these stresses by upregulation of osmolytes, osmoprotectants, and enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants, etc. This volume deals with abiotic stress-induced morphological and anatomical changes, abberations in metabolism, strategies and approaches to increase salt tolerance, managing the drought stress, sustainable fruit production and postharvest stress treatments,  role of glutathione reductase, flavonoids as antioxidants in plants, the role of salicylic acid and trehalose in plants, stress-induced flowering.  The role of soil organic matter in mineral nutrition and fatty acid profile in response to heavy metal stress are also dealt with. Proteomic markers for oxidative stress as a new tools for reactive oxygen species and photosynthesis research, abscisic acid signaling in plants are covered with chosen examples. Stress responsive genes and gene products including expressed proteins that are implicated in conferring tolerance to the plant are presented. Thus, this volume would provides the reader with a wide spectrum of information including key references and with a large number of illustrations and tables.


Dr. Parvaiz is Assistant Professor in Botany at A.S. College, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India. He has completed his post-graduation in Botany in 2000 from Jamia Hamdard New Delhi India. After his Ph.D from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India in 2007 he joined the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi. He has published more than 20 research papers in peer reviewed journals and 4 book chapters. He has also edited a volume which is in press with Studium Press Pvt. India Ltd., New Delhi, India. Dr. Parvaiz is actively engaged in studying the molecular and physio-biochemical responses of different plants (mulberry, pea, Indian mustard) under environmental stress.


Prof. M.N.V. Prasad is a Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Hyderabad, India. He received B.Sc. (1973) and M.Sc. (1975) degrees from Andhra University, India, and the Ph.D. degree (1979) in botany from the University of Lucknow, India. Prasad has published 216 articles in peer reviewed journals and 82 book chapters and conference proceedings in the broad area of  environmental botany and heavy metal stress in plants. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor for eight books. He is the recipient of  Pitamber Pant National Environment Fellowship  of  2007 awarded by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Abiotic Stress - Plant Science

Related subjects » Biochemistry & Biophysics - Plant Sciences

Table of contents 

Chapter 1. Abiotic Stress Responses in Plants - Present and Future
 Nitin Mantri, Vikas Patade, Suprasanna Penna, Rebecca Ford, Edwin Pang

Chapter 2. Abiotic Stress Induced Morphological and Anatomical Changes in Plants
 Angelos Patakas

Chapter 3. Abiotic Stress Responses in Plants-Metabolism to Productivity
 Andrea Furtado Macedo

Chapter 4. Approaches to increasing salt tolerance in crop plants
  Ratna Karan and Prasanta K. Subudhi

Chapter 5. Understanding and Exploiting the Impact of Drought Stress on Plant Physiology
 Olga M. Grant

Chapter 6. Sustainable Fruit Production in Mediterranean Orchards Subjected to Drought Stress
 Adriano Sofo, Assunta Maria Palese, Teresa Casacchia, Bartolomeo Dichio, Cristos Xiloyannis

Chapter 7. Drought Stress Induced Reactive Oxygen Species and Antioxidants in Plants
 Impa SM, S. Nadaradjan, SVK Jagadish

Chapter 8. Role of Glutathione Reductase in Plant Abiotic Stress
 Peerzada Yasir yousuf, Khalid ul Rehman Hakeem, Ruby Chandna, Parvaiz Ahmad

Chapter 9. Flavonoids as antioxidants in plants under abiotic stresses
 Martina Di Ferdinando, Cecilia Brunetti, Alessio Fini, Massimiliano Tattini

Chapter 10. Proteomic Markers for Oxidative Stress-New Tools for Reactive Oxygen Species and Photosynthesis Research
 Ruby Chandna, Khalid ul Rehman Hakeem, Parvaiz Ahmad

Chapter 11. Environmental Stress and Role of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis
 Anna Fusconi, Graziella Berta

Chapter 12. Effects of Exogenous Application of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) in Crop Plants
 Ahmet Korkmaz

Chapter 13. Abiotic Stress and Role of Salicylic Acid in Plants
 Miyuki Hara, Jun Furukawa, Aiko Sato, Tsuyoshi Mizoguchi, Kenji Miura
Chapter 14. Trehalose and Abiotic Stress Tolerance
 Miguel López-Gómez, Carmen Lluch

Chapter 15. Uptake of mineral elements during abiotic stress
 Fatih Duman

Chapter 16.  Effect of Micronutrient Deficiencies on Plants Stress Responses
 Hajiboland, R.

Chapter 17. Stress-induced flowering
 Kiyotoshi Takeno 

Chapter 18. Postharvest stress treatments in fruits and vegetables
 Yoshihiro Imahori

Chapter 19. Abscisic Acid Signaling in Plants
 Radomira Vankova

Chapter 20. Plant tolerance and fatty acid profile in responses to heavy metals
  Asiya Hameed, Tabasum N. Qadri, Mahmooduzzafar, T.O. Siddiqi

Chapter 21. Cd Accumulation and Subcellular Distribution in Plants and Their Relevance to the rophic Transfer of Cd
 M.S. Monteiro, A.M.V.M. Soares

Chapter 22. The Role of Soil Organic Matter in Trace Element Bioavailability and Toxicity
 Gabrijel Ondrasek,  Zed Rengel

Chapter 23. Oxidative Stress and Phytoremediation
 Kinga Drzewiecka, Mirosław Mleczek, Agnieszka Waśkiewicz, Piotr Goliński

Chapter 24. Phytoremediation of low levels of heavy metals using Duckweed (Lemna minor)
 Lué-Merú Marcó Parra, Gosmyr Torres, Adolfo David Arenas,  Erick Sánchez and Korina Rodríguez

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