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Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress

3rd Edition

Edited by Mohammad Pessarakli

CRC Press

1,245 pages | 160 B/W Illus.

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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.


… 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.

Biologia Plantarum

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.

Agrochimica, 2000

Table of Contents

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


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Subject Categories

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