The dynamic and expanding knowledge of environmental stresses and their effects on plants and crops have resulted in the compilation of a large volume of information in the last ten years since the publication of the second edition of the Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress. With 90 percent new material and a new organization that reflects this increased knowledge base, this new edition, like the first two, provides comprehensive and complete coverage of the issues on stress imposed on plants and crops.
Accessibility of knowledge is among the most critical of factors involved with plant/crop stress problems. Without due consideration of all the factors contributing to a specific plant/crop stress problem, it is unlikely that a permanent solution can be found. Facilitating the accessibility of the desired information, the volume is divided into ten sections. Each section consists of one or more chapters that discuss as many aspects of stress as possible.
While many references cover soil salinity, sodicity, specific plant/crop salt and water stress, pollution, and other environmental stresses, they exist relatively in isolation, focusing mainly on one specific topic. Prepared with input from more than a hundred contributors from twenty seven countries, this book combines information on these interrelated areas into a single resource. Packed with illustrations, figures, and tables, covering plant/crop stress problems from the soil to the atmosphere, this book puts this expanded environmental stressors knowledge base within easy reach.
Soil Salinity and Sodicity Problems
Soil Salinity and Sodicity as Particular Plant/Crop Stress Factors, M. Pessarakli and I. Szabolcs
Soil Salinity Development, Classification, Assessment, and Management in Irrigated Agriculture, S.A. Shahid and K. ur Rahman
Soil Salinization and Management Options for Sustainable Crop Production, D.L. Suarez
Influence of Sodium on Soils in Humid Regions, R.K. Srour, L.M. McDonald, V.P. (Bill) Evangelou
Plant/Crop Tolerance and Stressful Conditions
Oxidative Stress and Antioxidative Defense Systems in Plants Growing under Abiotic Stresses, P. Sharma, A. Bhushan Jha, and R.S. Dubey
Antioxidant Protection during Abiotic Stresses, D. Procházková and N. Wilhelmová
Biochemical Mechanisms for the Maintenance of Oxidative Stress under Control in Plants, D.G. Arias, C.V. Piattoni, S.A. Guerrero, and A.A. Iglesias
Plant Hormone Functions in Abiotic and Biotic Stress Responses, R. Vankova
Role of Proline in Plant Response to Drought and Salinity, B. Heuer
Role of Dehydrins in Plant Stress Response, K. Kosová, I.T. Prášil, and P. Vítámvás
Behavior of Water in Plants at Low and Ultralow Temperatures, J. Zámečník and M. Faltus
Plants and Crops Responses, Physiology, Cellular, and Molecular Biology, and Microbiological Aspects under Salt, Drought, Heat, Cold, Light, and Other Stressful Conditions
Germination of Seeds and Propagules under Salt Stress, A. Wahid, M. Farooq, S.M.A. Basra, E. Rasul, and K.H.M. Siddique
Response of Crop Plants to Nitrogen Stress: Opportunities to Increase Nitrogen Use Efficiency, J. Rane, M. Ishitani, and I. Rao
Photosynthesis and Light Stress in a Model Plant: Role of Chloroplast Transporters, C. Spetea and B. Schoefs
Photosynthetic Pigment Apparatus in Northern Plants, T. Golovko, O. Dymova, Y. Yatsco, and G. Tabalenkova
Modifications of the Carotenoid Metabolism in Plastids: A Response to Stress Conditions, P. Moulin, Y. Lemoine, and B. Schoefs
Thermoluminescence Study of Photosystem II Activity in Resurrection Plant Haberlea rhodopensis during Desiccation, L.T. Maslenkova, V.N. Peeva, Y.K. Markovska, and Y. Zeinalov
Carbon Metabolism and Plant Stress, C.M. Figueroa, A.A. Iglesias, and F.E. Podestá
Protein Synthesis by Plants under Stressful Conditions, P. Sharma and R.S. Dubey
Heat Shock Proteins and Acquisition of Thermotolerance in Plants, S. Huq and H. Nakamoto
Effect of Low Temperatures on the Structure of Plant Cells: Structural, Biochemical, and Molecular Aspects, L. Slováková, I. Matušíková, J. Salaj, and J. Hudák
Effects of UV-B Radiation on Plants: Molecular Mechanisms Involved in UV-B Responses, B.R. Jordan
Effect of High Temperature and UV-A Radiation on Photosystem II, E.L. Apostolova and A.G. Dobrikova
Plant and Crop Responses to Pollution Stress
Plant Responses to Toxic Metal Stress, E. Masarovičová, K. Král’ová, and F. Šeršeň
Heavy Metal Pollution: Damage and Defense Strategies in Plants, F. Navari-Izzo and N. Rascio
Heavy Metals and Plastid Metabolism, K. Solymosi and M. Bertrand
Plant Responses to Cadmium and Mercury Stress, E. Garmash, S. Skugoreva, and T. Golovko
Plant and Crop Responses to Weeds, Pests, Pathogens, and Agrichemical Stress Conditions
Stress in Plants and Crops Induced by Parasitic Weeds, A. Cavalieri and A. Heydari
Involvement of Insect Pests in Plant and Crop Stress, S. Speranza, A. Mazzaglia, A. Harfouche, and A. Heydari
Stress in Plants and Crops Induced by Herbicide-Mediated Alteration in the Population and Activity of Root-Associated Microorganisms, A. Heydari and I.J. Misaghi
Stress in Plants and Crops Induced by Fungal Pathogens, A. Heydari and G.M. Balestra
Genetic Factors and Plant/ Crop Genomics under Stress
Genetic Factors Affecting Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Crops, A.K. Joshi
Genetic Improvement of Cold Hardiness in Bermudagrass, Y. Wu and J.A. Anderson
Candidate Gene Expression Involved in Plant Drought Resistance, Y. Jiang and Y. Wang
Examples of Empirical Investigations of Specific Plants and Crops Grown in Salt, Drought, and Other Environmental Stress Conditions
Responses of Green Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) in Terms of Dry Matter Production, Nitrogen Uptake, and Water Absorption under Salt-Stress Conditions, M. Pessarakli
Physiology and Molecular Biology of the Effects of Salinity on Rice, R.K. Singh and T.J. Flowers
Landscape under Water Stress Conditions, A. Riaz
Turfgrass Nutrient Management under Stresses: A Part of Integrated Stress Management, H. Liu, N. Menchyk, F. Bethea, and C. Baldwin
Nutrient Management of Golf Course Putting Greens under Stresses, H. Liu, N. Menchyk, F. Bethea, and C. Baldwin
Climatic Changes, Elevated Carbon Dioxide, and Plant/Crop Responses
Plant Biomass and Stem Juice of the C4 Sugarcane at Elevated Growth CO2 and Temperature, J.C.V. Vu and L.H. Allen Jr.
Future Promises: Improving Plant and Crop Adaptation/Tolerance and Cultivation under Stressful Conditions
Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stresses through Seed Invigoration, M. Farooq, A. Wahid, S.M.A. Basra, and K.H.M. Siddique
Plant Stress Physiology: Physiological and Biochemical Strategies Allowing Plants/Crops to Thrive under Ionic Stress, H.-W. Koyro, N. Geissler, R. Seenivasan, and B. Huchzermeyer
The Role of Acacia ampliceps in Managing Salt-Affected Lands, N. Marcar, S. Ismail, A. Yuvaniyama, and R. Ansari
Adaptive Strategies of Tropical Forage Grasses to Low Phosphorus Stress: The Case of Brachiaria grasses, A.E. Louw-Gaume, I.M. Rao, E. Frossard, and A.J. Gaume
The Forgotten Link in Improving Crop Salt Tolerance under Brackish Irrigation: Lateral Soil Salinity Gradients around Roots, U. Schleiff
Improving Crop Production on Saline Soils in Arid Regions: Do We Need a Different Approach to Develop and Select Plants for These Regions? S. Farooq and F. Azam
Beneficial Aspects of Stress
Salinity-Induced Enhancement of Horticultural Crop Quality, C.M. Grieve
... some excellent summaries of specific topics.... ... this book contains much useful information and can be dipped into to source specific facts ...
—Hamlyn Jones, in Experimental Agriculture, Oct 2011, Vol 47(4)
Praise for Previous Editions
The book is supplemented with a very detailed subject index. … [It] contains material interesting for scientists, teachers, and students interested in plant physiology and plant production. … [T]his book should be present in very library dealing with this research topic.
—Potosynthetica, 40(4), 2003
This work is of considerable scientific value and constitutes an important contribution to scientific literature on the complex relationship between the environment and plants.
—Advances in Horticultural Science
Pessarakli has done a good job in maintaining high quality throughout the book. . . . a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in the effect of environmental stresses (especially salinity and water stress) on the physiology and quality of crop plants.
. . . a good source of information for soil scientists, plant physiologists, agronomists, foresters, environmental scientists, as well as teachers and students in agricultural disciplines.
Over 100 authors from 25 countries contribute to this handbook treating the various aspects of plant stress from the soil to the atmosphere. It is the second edition of the handbook with 37 new chapters and 19 revised chapters also contained in the first edition.... ... Since the book contains a broad spectrum of information, one can recommend it primarily to plant physiologists engaged in research and teaching. Also students of biology and agriculture will appreciate the summarizing chapters presented by so many different authors.
—Journal of Plant Physiology
... the Second Edition of the Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress in comparison with the first edition has been greatly enlarged. ... an excellent state-of-the art publication ... and [a] ... unique comprehensive guide.