4th Edition

Plant Toxicology

ISBN 9780429215797
Published September 28, 2004 by CRC Press
664 Pages

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Book Description

In order to keep track of all the compounds and pathogens affecting plant metabolism and development, you would need to spend all your waking hours combing periodicals and the Internet in dozens of languages, as new toxins via pollutants and migratory or mutant pathogens are being discovered every day.

Plant Toxicology, Fourth Edition starts with a basic overview of the plant as a complex living organism. The first chapters introduce plant structure and organization. Starting with the cell as the smallest elementary unit, the emphasis is on plant-specific features with respect to their susceptibility to environmental contaminants.

Hock and Elstner, who between them have published over 500 original papers on plants and plant disease, called upon experts from across the world to contribute to this essential text. The book analyzes processes central to plant metabolism, including uptake, distribution, and secretion of toxic material, and focuses on the recognition and prevention of damage associated with environmental pollutants. It studies diseases caused by viruses, subviral organisms, phytoplasmas, fungal and bacterial pathogens.

Learn about Pathology in Plants as an Integral Interconnected Facet of their Environment

The text is designed to enable you to classify and target specific forms of plant damage. Equally important, it never loses sight of the princple that plants are not isolated organisms, but rather exist as participants in complex environments, which must be taken into account when studying the delivery and impact of toxins.

Supplying more than 1500 current references, Plant Toxicology, Fourth Edition is required reading for all plant, crop, soil, and environmental scientists; botanists; agronomists; agriculturists; horticulturists; biochemists; foresters; plant growers; and upper level undergraduate and graduate students in these disciplines.


Table of Contents

Preface iii
Contributors vii
Characteristics of Plant Life: Hazards from Pollutants
Bertold Hock and Nicola M. Wolf
Plant Stress: Avoidance, Adaptation, Defense
Harald Schempp, Susanne Hippeli, and Erich F. Elstner
Uptake and Transport of Xenobiotics
Markus Riederer
Air Pollution: Trace Gases as Inducers of Plant Damage
Harald Schempp, Susanne Hippeli, Erich F. Elstner,
and Christian Langebartels
Limitation of Salt Stress to Plant Growth
Yuncai Hu and Urs Schmidhalter
Mineral Element Toxicities: Aluminum and Manganese
Walter J. Horst, Angelika Staß, and Marion M. Fecht-Christoffers
Carl Fedtke and Stephen O. Duke
Molecular Basis of Toxic Effects: Inhibition of
Cellular Pathways and Structural Components
K. Kramer and Bertold Hock
Metabolism and Elimination of Toxicants
K. K. Hatzios
Host-Pathogen Relations: Diseases Caused by Viruses,
Subviral Organisms, and Phytoplasmas
Bala´zs Barna and Lo´ra´nt Kira´ly
Interactions Between Host Plants and Fungal
and Bacterial Pathogens
Ingrid Heiser, Jo¨rg Durner, and Christian Langebartels
Astrid Lux-Endrich and Bertold Hock

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Hock, Bertold; Elstner, Erich F.


"...the book format is a well structured, up-to-date set of description of the biotic and abiotic stresses that affect plant health. There is a large amount of extremely informative figures, chemical structures, enzymic pathways, symptomology photographs and chemical reactions. Schematic diagrams, often nicely demonstrating system complexity, are supplied for many molecular and cellular processes. The book…is clearly designed as a reference source - a very useful one at that."
-Microbiology Today