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Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress, Fourth Edition

4th Edition

Edited by Mohammad Pessarakli

CRC Press

950 pages | 40 Color Illus. | 124 B/W Illus.

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Since the publication of the third edition of the Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress, continuous discoveries in the fields of plant and crop environmental stresses and their effects on plants and crops have resulted in the compilation of a large volume of the latest discoveries. Following its predecessors, this fourth edition offers a unique and comprehensive collection of topics in the fields of plant and crop stress. This new edition contains more than 80% new material, and the remaining 20% has been updated and revised substantially.

This volume presents 10 comprehensive sections that include information on soil salinity and sodicity problems; tolerance mechanisms and stressful conditions; plant/crop responses; plant/crop responses under pollution and heavy metal; plant/crop responses under biotic stress; genetic factors and plant/crop genomics under stress conditions; plant/crop breeding under stress conditions; empirical investigations; improving tolerance; and beneficial aspects of stressors.


  • Provides exhaustive coverage written by an international panel of experts in the field of agriculture, particularly in plant/crop stress areas
  • Contains 40 new chapters and 10 extensively revised and expanded chapters
  • Includes three new sections on plant breeding, stress exerted to weeds by plants, and beneficial aspects of stress on plants/crops
  • Numerous case studies

With contributions from 100 scientists and experts from 20 countries, this Handbook provides a comprehensive resource for research and for university courses, covering soil salinity/sodicity issues and plant/crop physiological responses under environmental stress conditions ranging from cellular aspects to whole plants. The content can be used to plan, implement, and evaluate strategies to mitigate plant/crop stress problems. This new edition includes numerous tables, figures, and illustrations to facilitate comprehension of the material as well as thousands of index words to further increase accessibility to the desired information.

Table of Contents

Soil Salinity and Sodicity Problems. Soil Salinity and Sodicity as Particular Plant/Crop Stress Factors. Soil Salinity Development, Classification, Assessment and Management in Irrigated Agriculture. Soil Salinization and Management Options for Sustainable Crop Production. Influence of Sodium on Soils of Humid Regions. Plant Tolerance to Low pH Soils. Plant Adaptation to Phosphorus Limited Soils. Plants/Crops Tolerance and Stressful Conditions. Oxidative Stress and Antioxidative Defense System in Plants. Growing under Abiotic Stresses. Oxidative Stress in Plants: Production, Metabolism, and Biological Roles of Reactive Oxygen Species. Oxidative Stress: Its Repercussion to Crop Productivity. Antioxidant Protection during Abiotic Stresses. Biochemical Mechanisms for the Maintenance of Oxidative Stress under Control in Plants. Plant Hormone Functions in Abiotic and Biotic Stress Response. Role of Proline in Plant Response to Drought and Salinity. Role of Nitric Oxide in Plant Stress Response and Tolerance. Role of Dehydrins in Plant Stress Response. Role of Polyamines in Plant Abiotic Stress Responses. Behavior of Water in Plants at Low and Ultralow Temperatures. Physiological and Biochemical Mechanisms of Plant Tolerance to Heat Stress. Physiological and Biophysical Responses of Plants under Low and Ultralow Temperatures. Drought Physiology of Forage Crops. Stress Tolerance in Some European Resurrection Plants.

About the Editor

Dr. Mohammad Pessarakli is a Professor in the School of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA. His work at the University of Arizona include research and extension services as well as teaching various courses in Plant Sciences and Stress Physiology. He is the Editor of the Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress and the Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology (both titles published by, formerly Marcel Dekker, Inc., currently Taylor and Francis Group, CRC Press), Handbook of Photosynthesis, Handbook of Turfgrass Management and Physiology, and Handbook of Cucurbits. He has revised and expanded the first 3 volumes 3 times (1st, 2nd, & 3rd editions). The Editorial Board of the Advances in Plants & Agriculture Research (APAR) Journal unanimously voted and elected Professor Pessarakli as the Editor-in-Chief of the APAR in early 2016 for an unlimited term. Dr. Pessarakli has written over twenty book chapters, Editorial Board member of Journal of Plant Nutrition and Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis as well as Journal of Agricultural Technology, and a member of the Book Review Committee of Crop Science Society of America, and Reviewer of the Crop Science, Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, and HortScience Journals. He is the author or co-author of over two hundred (200) journal articles and sixty (60) trade magazine articles. Dr. Pessarakli is an active member of the Agronomy Society of America, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, among others. Professor Pessarakli is an Executive Board member of the American Association of the University Professors (AAUP), Arizona Chapter. Dr. Pessarakli is a well known Internationally recognized Scientist and Scholar and an esteemed member (invited) of Sterling Who’s Who, Marques Who’s Who, Strathmore Who’s Who, Madison Who’s Who, and Continental Who’s Who as well as numerous honor societies (i.e., Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Pi Lambda Theta, Alpha Alpha Chapter). He is a Certified Professional Agronomist and Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPAg/SS), designated by the American Registry of the Certified Professionals in Agronomy, Crop Science, and Soil Science. Professor Pessarakli is a United Nations Consultant in Agriculture for underdeveloped countries. He received the B.S. degree (1977) in Environmental Resources in Agriculture and the M.S. degree (1978) in Soil Management and Crop Production from Arizona State University, Tempe, and the Ph.D. degree (1981) in Soil and Water Science from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Dr. Pessarakli’s research interest is responses of plants/crops to environmental stresses (salinity, drought, and heat), and his environmental stress research work and expertise on plants and crops is internationally recognized.For more information about Dr. Pessarakli, the Editor, please visit http://cals.arizona.edu/spls/content/mohammadhttp://cals.arizona.edu/spls/people/faculty

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SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General