This book provides readers with a historical background as well as current knowledge and theories on chilling injury. This exciting volume covers a broad scope of topics-from basic concepts to practical applications. This work also brings together discussions on various aspects of chilling injury. It gives basic information which describes biochemical changes, molecular basis, and concepts of chilling injury. Additionally, it describes the development of chilling injury in crops of tropical, subtropical, and temperate origin. This interesting resource places emphasis on assessment, prevention, and reduction of chilling injury. It also provides an extensive collection of references at the end of each chapter which offers the reader an abundance of resources for further detailed study. Researchers and students in plant physiology, horticulture and agronomy will find this book most valuable.
INTRODUCTION and DESCRIPTION of CHILLING INJURY. Overview on Chilling Injury of Horticultural Crops. Chilling Injury of Crops of Tropical and Subtropical Origin. Chilling Injury of Crops of Temperate Origin. The Effects of Chilling Temperatures During Seed Germination and Early Seedling Growth. Ultrastructural Changes During Chilling Stress. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS and ASSESSMENT of CHILLING INJURY. Genetic and Environmental Influences on the Expression of Chilling Injury. Light-Induced Damage During Chilling. Assessment of Chilling Sensitivity by Chlorophyll Fluorescence Analysis. BIOCHEMICAL CHANGES, MOLECULAR BASIS, and CONCEPTS of CHILLING INJURY. Proposals for a Better Understanding of the Molecular Basis of Chilling Injury. Plant Enzymes in Relation to Chilling Sensitivity. Lipids in Relation to Chilling Sensitivity of Plants. Relation of Chilling Stress to Membrane Permeability. Relation of Chilling Stress to Carbohydrate Composition. Relation of Chilling Stress to Respiration. Influence of Chilling Stress on Ethylene Production. PREVENTION and REDUCTION of CHILLING INJURY. Influence of Controlled Atmospheres and Packaging on Chilling Sensitivity. Reduction of Chilling Injury with Temperature Manipulation. Alleviation of Chilling Injury of Horticultural Crops.