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Improvement of Crops in the Era of Climatic Changes

Volume 1

Ahmad, P., Wani, M.R., Azooz, M.M., Tran, L.-S.P. (Eds.)

2014, XVII, 397 p. 34 illus., 19 illus. in color.

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  • Written by a diverse group of internationally known scholars
  • Presents strategies for translating current research into applied solutions
  • Illuminates various aspects of plant responses in molecular and biochemical ways to create strong yields and overall crop improvement

Current trends in population growth hint that global food production is unlikely to gratify future demands under predicted climate change scenarios unless the rates of crop improvement are accelerated. Crop production faces numerous challenges, due to changing environmental conditions and evolving needs for new plant-derived materials. These challenges come at a time when the plant sciences are witnessing remarkable progress in understanding fundamental processes of plant growth and development. Drought, heat, cold and salinity are among the major abiotic stresses that often cause a series of morphological, physiological, biochemical and molecular alterations which adversely affect plant growth, development and productivity, consequently posing a serious challenge for sustainable food production in large parts of the world, particularly in emerging countries. This emphasizes the urgency of finding better ways to translate new advances in plant science into concrete successes in agricultural production. To overcome the pessimistic influence of abiotic stresses and to maintain the food security in the face of these challenges, new, improved and tolerant crop varieties, contemporary breeding techniques, and cavernous understanding of the mechanisms that counteract detrimental climate changes are indubitably needed to sustain the requisite food supply. In this context, Improvement of Crops in the Era of Climatic Changes, Volume 1 provides a state-of-the-art guide to recent developments that aid in the understanding of plant responses to abiotic stresses and lead to new horizons vis-à-vis prime strategies for translating current research into applied solutions to create strong yields and overall crop improvement under such unfavourable environments.

Written by a diverse group of internationally famed scholars, Improvement of Crops in the Era of Climatic Changes, Volume 1 is a brief yet all-inclusive resource that is immensely advantageous for researchers, students, environmentalists, soil scientists, professionals, and many others in the quest of advancement in this flourishing field of research.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Climatic change - Omics - abiotic stress - ecophysiology - heavy metals

Related subjects » Biochemistry & Biophysics - Cell Biology - Earth System Sciences - Plant Sciences

Table of contents 

Chapter 1
Citrus Rootstocks for Improving the Horticultural Performance and Physiological Responses under Constraining Environments
Rafael V. Ribeiro, Erick Espinoza-Núñez, Jorgino Pompeu Junior, Francisco A. A. Mourão Filho and Eduardo C. Machado

Chapter 2
Role of Silicon in Enrichment of Plant Nutrients and Protection from Biotic and Abiotic Stresses
Durgesh Kumar Tripathi, Vijay Pratap Singh, Savita Gangwar, Sheo Mohan Prasad, Jagat Narayan Maurya and Devendra Kumar Chauhan

Chapter 3
Transgenic Approaches for Phytoextraction of Heavy Metals
Atul Bhargava and Shilpi Srivastava

Chapter 4
Using an Allometric Model for the Accumulation of Mineral Nutrients in Crops Under Saline-Water Stress: A Field Experience in Fertigation
Enrique Misle, Besma Kahlaoui, Estrella Garrido and Mohamed Hachicha

Chapter 5
Control of Biotic and Abiotic Stresses in Cultivated Plants by the Use of Biostimulant Microorganisms
Adriano Sofo, Maria Nuzzaci, Antonella Vitti, Giuseppe Tataranni and Antonio Scopa

Chapter 6
Cyclic Nucleotides and Nucleotide Cyclases in Plants under Stress
Małgorzata Pietrowska-Borek, Tamara Chadzinikolau and Sławomir Borek

Chapter 7 
Breeding and Transgenic Approaches for Development of Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Rice
Satendra K. Mangrauthia, P. Revathi, Surekha Agarwal, Arun Kumar Singh and V. P. Bhadana

Chapter 8
Mineral Bioavailability Through Mutation Breeding In Pulse Crops: A Review
Mohammad Imran Kozgar, Mohd Rafiq Wani, Samiullah Khan and Parvaiz Ahmad

Chapter 9
Abiotic Stress and Control of Yield in Cereals
Bhinu V-S Pillai and Sreekala Chellamma

Chapter 10
Improvement of Crop Production under Saline Stress by a Bio-Hydraulic Approach
Besma Kahlaoui, Mohamed Hachicha, Enrique Misle, Belgacem Hanchi and Jorge Teixeira

Chapter 11
Induced Mutagenesis for the Improvement of Pulse Crops with Special Reference to Mungbean-A Review Update
Mohd Rafiq Wani, M. Imran Kozgar, Samiullah Khan, M. Abbas Ahangar and Parvaiz Ahmad

Chapter 12
Crop Improvement through Tissue Culture
L. F. De Filippis

Chapter 13
Agricultural Pollution: An Emerging Issue
Aqsa Abbasi, Ayesha Sajid, Namra Haq, Sammia Rahman, Zujaja-Tul-Misbah, Gul Sanober, Muhammad Ashraf and Alvina Gul Kazi

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