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Plant Toxicology

4th Edition

Edited by Bertold Hock, Erich F. Elstner

CRC Press

664 pages

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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.



"…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

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


About the Authors/Editors

Hock\, Bertold; Elstner\, Erich F.

About the Series

Books in Soils, Plants, and the Environment

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Toxicology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General