1st Edition

Heavy Metal Toxicity in Plants Physiological and Molecular Adaptations

Edited By Tariq Aftab, Khalid Rehman Hakeem Copyright 2022
    278 Pages 27 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    278 Pages 27 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Heavy Metal Toxicity in Plants: Physiological and Molecular Perspectives highlights the various metal induced impacts on plants and adaptation strategies employed to avoid these stressful conditions. The volume comprise the chapters from the different areas ranging from latest biotechnological to omics approaches.

    This comprehensive volume emphasizes on the recent updates about the current research on the heavy metal stress in plant biology covering different aspects related to challenges and opportunities in the concerned field. This book is an attempt to bring together researchers who have been engaged in the area of stress signaling, crosstalk and mechanisms of heavy metal stress and share their research findings. Various chapters deal with the topics ranging from sensing and signalling in plants to translational research. The book will provide a direction towards implementation of programs and practices that will enable sustainable production of crops, resilient to environmental heavy metal pollution.


    • The book covers the heavy metal impact on plants in detail.
    • Chapters cover an array of topics and issues related to heavy metal pollution and its management strategies by plants
    • Recent research results and some pointers to future advancements in current topic.



    Chapter 1: Heavy Metal Toxicity in Plants: Physiological and Molecular Adaptations
    Santanu Samanta and Aryadeep Roychoudhury

    Chapter 2: Heavy Metal Toxicity in Plants: Impact, Signaling and Remediation Strategies
    Preeti Mishra, Afifa Qidwai, Nivedita Singh, Anupam Dikshit and S.C. Agrawal

    Chapter 3: Responses and Adaptation of Photosynthesis and Respiration under Heavy Metal Stress
    Ranjan Kumar Sahoo, Madhusmita Pradhan, Manjulata Palei, Sagar Maitra

    Chapter 4: Transcription Factors Involved in Plant Responses to Heavy Metal Stress Adaptation
    Wasifa Hafiz Shah, Aadil Rasool, Seerat Saleem, Naveed Ul Mushtaq, Inayatullah Tahir, Reiaz Ul Rehman

    Chapter 5: Role of Transporters during Heavy Metals Toxicity in Plants
    Misbah Naz, Mohammad Sohidul Islam, Muhammad Aamir Iqbal, Sytar Okana, Ratnasekera Disna, Akbar Hossain, Muhammad Mubeen, Junaid Rahim, Muhammad Imran, Md. Tahjib-Ul-Arif, Sharif Ahmed, Anamika Dubey, Ashwani Kumar, Milan Skalicky, Marian Brestic, Ayman EL Sabagh

    Chapter 6: Role for Genetically Modified Plants in Protection against Heavy Metal Toxicity
    Aaliya Batool, Noreen Zahra, Rubina Naseer, Kanval Shaukat, Tahira Rasheed, Muhammad Bilal Hafeez

    Chapter 7: Unveiling the Mechanism of Transcriptional and Epigenetic Responses in plants under Heavy Metal Stress: An Update
    Samrat Banerjee, Mehali Mitra, Puja Agarwal and Sujit Roy

    Chapter 8: Emerging Roles of Osmoprotectants in Heavy Metal Stress Tolerance in Plants
    Akbar Hossain, Zahoor Ahmad, Muhammad Adeel, Md. Atikur Rahman, Md. Jahangir Alam, Sharif Ahmed, Tariq Aftab

    Chapter 9: Uptake and Transformation of Heavy Metals/Metalloids in Plants
    Muhammad Ashar Ayub, Muhammad Zia ur Rehman, Wajid Umar, Asad Jamil, Muhamad Zohaib Aslam, Hamaad Raza Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad, Ayesha Siddique

    Chapter 10: Physiological, Biochemical and Molecular Mechanisms of Gasotransmitters-Mediated Heavy Metal Stress Tolerance in Plants
    Vivek Kumar, Akash Hidangmayum, Ankita Singh, Rekha Sodani, Basant Kumar Dadrwal, Navneet Kumar, Surendra Kumar Chaudhary, Brijesh Kumar Chaudhary, , SP Kushwaha, Jyoti Chauhan, Hirdesh Anuragi, Udit Nandan Mishra, Devidutta Lenka and Rajesh Kumar Singhal

    Chapter 11: Microbial and Plant assisted Bioremediation of Heavy Metal Polluted Environments
    Seerat Saleem, Naveed Ul Mushtaq, Wasifa Hafiz Shah, Aadil Rasool, Reiaz Ul Rehman

    Chapter 12:Role of Plant-associated Microbes in Phytoremediation of Heavy Metal Polluted Soils
    Manoj Parihar, Amitava Rakshit, Manoj Kumar Chitara, Hanuman Singh Jatav, Vishnu D. Rajput, Ashish Kumar Singh, Kiran Rana, Surendra Singh Jatav, Mohsina Anjum and Utkarsh Kumar

    Chapter 13: Strategies to Reduce Heavy Metal Contamination in Soil-plant System
    Muhammad Bilal Shakoor, Usman Iftikhar, Sajid Rashid Ahmad, Sana Ashraf, Mujahid Farid, Tanzeela Kokab

    Chapter 14: Nano-BIOREM: A New Concept Towards Remedial Study
    Arpita Tripathi, Ravikant Singh, Saket Jha, Anand Pandey and Anupam Dikshit

    Chapter 15: Cadmium Uptake, Toxicity and Tolerance in Plants
    Aditi Shreeya Bali, Gagan Preet Singh Sidhu

    Chapter 16: Ecotoxicological Impacts of Arsenic on Plants and its Remediation Approaches
    Mohamed Gomaa and Mona F.A. Dawood

    Chapter 17: Proteomic and Genomic Approaches to Study Plant Physiological Responses under Heavy Metal Stress
    Abhishek Joshi, Bhanupriya Kanthaliya, Supriya Meena, Vishnu Rajput, Tatiana Minkina, Jaya Arora

    Chapter 18: Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species and Antioxidant Defence Studies in Plants
    Sharad K Tripathi, Afifa Qidwai, Rajesh Kumar


    Tariq Aftab earned his Ph.D. from and is currently the assistant professor at the Department of Botany at Aligarh Muslim University, India. He is the recipient of the prestigious Leibniz-DAAD fellowship from Germany, Raman Fellowship from the Government of India, and Young Scientist Awards from the State Government of Uttar Pradesh (India) and Government of India. After completing his doctorate, he has worked as Research Fellow at National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi and as Post-doctorate Fellow at Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India. Dr. Aftab also worked as Visiting Scientist at Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany, and in the Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University, USA. He is a member of various scientific associations from India and abroad.

    He has edited 11 books with international publishers, including Elsevier Inc., Springer Nature and CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group), co-authored several book chapters, and published over 60 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals. His research interests include physiological, proteomic, and molecular studies in crop and medicinal plants.

    Khalid Rehman Hakeem, PhD is Professor at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. After completing his doctorate (Botany; specialization in Plant Eco-physiology and Molecular Biology) from Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India, in 2011, he worked as a lecturer at the University of Kashmir, Srinagar, for a short period. Later, he joined Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, and worked there as Post Doctorate Fellow in 2012 and Fellow Researcher (Associate Prof.) from 2013 to 2016. Dr. Hakeem has more than 10 years of teaching and research experience in plant eco-physiology, biotechnology and molecular biology, medicinal plant research, plant-microbe-soil interactions as well as in environmental studies. He is the recipient of several fellowships at both national and international levels; He has also served as the visiting scientist at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China. Currently, he is involved with a number of international research projects with different government organizations.

    So far, Dr. Hakeem has authored and edited more than 60 books with international publishers, including Springer Nature, Academic Press (Elsevier), and CRC Press. He also has to his credit more than 125 research publications in peer-reviewed international journals and 55 book chapters in edited volumes with international publishers.

    At present, Dr. Hakeem serves as an editorial board member and reviewer of several high-impact international scientific journals from Elsevier, Springer Nature, Taylor and Francis, Cambridge, and John Wiley Publishers. He is included in the advisory board of Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK. 

    Prof. Khalid is recently elected as Fellow, Royal Society of Biology, UK. He is also a fellow of Plantae group of the American Society of Plant Biologists, member of the World Academy of Sciences, member of the International Society for Development and Sustainability, Japan, and member of Asian Federation of Biotechnology, Korea. Dr. Hakeem has been listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the World, since 2014–2019. Currently, Dr. Hakeem is engaged in studying the plant processes at eco-physiological as well as molecular levels.