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Reaction of plants to abiotic stresses

Book Announcement

Bentham Science Publishers

The human population is increasing worldwide at a much faster rate and is expected to increase from ~7 billion to ~ 10 billion by the end of the year 2050. On the other hand, agricultural productivity is not increasing at the desired rate to feed all the people due to the negative impact of various environmental stresses. Stresses in plants include heat, cold, drought, flooding, salinity, radiations, heavy metal toxicity, and nutrient loss, limiting agricultural productivity. In the present scenario of global environmental change, increasing crop productivity and minimizing the losses in crop yield is a major concern for all nations to cope with increasing food requirements.

The book "Environmental Stress Physiology of Plants and Crop Productivity" integrates a broad cross section of scientific knowledge and expertise about the mechanisms underlying plant responses against different environmental stressors. It is a timely contribution to a subject that is of eminent importance. Chapters focus on biochemical mechanisms identified in plants crucial to adapting to specific abiotic stressors along with the methods of improving plant tolerance. The book also sheds light on plant secondary metabolites such as phenylpropanoids and plant growth regulators in ameliorating the stressful conditions in plants. Additional chapters present an overview of applications of genomics, proteomics and metabolomics (including CRISPR/CAS techniques) to develop abiotic stress tolerant crops.

This book is an informative reference for scholars and researchers working in the field of botany, agriculture, crop science and physiology, soil science, and environmental sciences.


About the Editors

Dr. Saroj Arora is a professor at the Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab (India). She has over 35 years of teaching and research experience. Her areas of specialization include natural plant products and environmental toxicology (antimutagenesis/anticarcinogenesis). Dr. Arora has guided more than 30 Ph.D. students and 10 M.Phil. students and has published over 200 research articles in journals of international repute. Moreover, she has edited or published 20 book chapters. Dr. Arora is also a member of various national and international scientific bodies. She has been honored with awards by The Linnean Society of London and different environmental societies.

Dr. Tajinder Kaur is an assistant professor at the Department of Agriculture, Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab (India). Dr. Kaur holds M.Sc., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in botany from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab (India). She has over 10 years of research and teaching experience. Her areas of specialization include plant environmental stress physiology, water quality monitoring, environmental genotoxicity/mutagenicity, and hydro-chemistry. She has published many research articles and book chapters in journals and books of international repute. She currently guides post-graduate students.

Key words:

heavy metal toxicity, abiotic stressors, environmental stresses, crop productivity, drought, flooding, salinity, gene technology

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