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Environmental stress caused by heavy metals is not only still increasing, but is also a long-term threat. This book collates the most recent research results, from molecules to entire ecosystems, regarding the influence of environmental stress on plant life
Heavy metal phytotoxicity has been known for more than a century. However, research in the past years has confirmed the immense damage by metal pollution to plants, the soil and ultimately to humans. By reviewing both field and laboratory work, this book deals with the various functional and ecological aspects of heavy metal stress on plants and outlines the scope for future research and the possibilities for remediation.
Metal Availability and Bioconcentration in Plants.- Metal Speciation, Chelation and Complexing Ligands in Plants.- Metallothioneins and Metal Binding Complexes in Plants.- Free Radicals and Reactive Oxygen Species as Mediators of Heavy Metal Toxicity in Plants.- Membrane Lipid Alterations in Heavy Metal Exposed Plants.- Impact of Heavy Metals on Photosynthesis.- Plant Respiration Under the Influence of Heavy Metals.- Structural and Ultrastructural Changes in Heavy Metal Exposed Plants.- Ecophysiology of Plant Growth Under Heavy Metal Stress.- Water Relations in Heavy Metal Stressed Plants.- Heavy Metals as Essential Nutrients.- Metal Pollution and Forest Decline.- Biogeochemical Processes in the Rhizosphere: Role in Phytoremediation ofMetal-Polluted Sites.- Phytoremediation of Metal Contaminated and Polluted Soils.- Metal Removal From Sewage Sludge: Bioengineering and Biotechnological applications.- Species-Selective Analysis for Metals and Metalloids in Plants.- Experimental Characterization of Heavy Metal Tolerance in Plants.- Index of Plant Names.