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Stress Physiology of Woody Plants

1st Edition

Edited by Wenhao Dai

CRC Press

284 pages | 37 B/W Illus.

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Woody plants have distinct growth and development habits. Being sessile and perennial species, woody plants are challenged by multiple stresses year-round or facing repeated stress attacks during their lives. A stress challenge in one season may impact the plant performance in other seasons or years; therefore, woody plants must develop specific mechanisms to minimize the damage caused by various stresses. Although all plant species share the basic physiological process, the unique characteristics of woody species in anatomy structure, body size, growth habit, and life expectancy contribute to significant differences in their responses to different environmental stresses compared to herbaceous plants.

Written by a group of experts, Stress Physiology of Woody Plants, is comprised of 11 chapters profoundly describing the uniqueness of plant structure, growth and development, photosynthesis and respiration, and growth regulation in woody species. It summarizes findings in the responses of woody plants to major environmental stresses including drought, nutrient deficiency, salinity, low temperature, oxidative stress, heavy metal, and multiple stresses.


  • Provides a comprehensive review of physiological and molecular aspects of woody plants responding to some major environmental stresses.
  • Bridges the gap between woody and herbaceous species in the field of general physiology and stress physiology.
  • Describes the uniqueness of woody plants in plant structure, growth and development, photosynthesis and respiration, and growth regulation.
  • Summarizes physiological and molecular responses to the environmental stresses in woody plants.

This book serves as a textbook and major reference by students and researchers of plant physiology, horticulture, forestry, and plant molecular biology and teaches a better understanding of the mechanisms of plant response to individual or combined stresses in woody species.

Table of Contents

Woody Plant Structure - Todd P. West

Plant Growth and Development - Bryan J. Peterson and Renae E. Moran

Photosynthesis and Respiration in Woody Plants - Wenhao Dai and Qi Zhang

Plant Growth Regulation - Yoo Gyeong Park1, Abinaya Manivannan, Prabhakaran Soundararajan, and Byoung Ryong Jeong

Plant Response to Drought Stress - Rakefet David-Schwartz, Hanan Stein, Eran Raveh, David Granot, Nir Carmi, Tamir Klein

Plant Response to Mineral Nutrient Deficiency - Danqiong Huang and Wenhao Dai

Plant Response to Salinity Stress - Qi Zhang and Wenhao Dai

Plant Response to Low Temperature - Guo-qing Song

Plant Response to Oxidative Stress - Rolston St. Hilaire

Plant Response to Heavy Metal Stress - Raj Narayan Roy

Plant Response to Multiple Stresses - Da-Gang Hu and Yu-Jin Hao

About the Editor

Dr. Wenhao Dai received his PhD in plant science, specializing in woody plant physiology and biotechnology, from North Dakota State University in 2001. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the AgBiotech Center at Rutgers University from 2001 – 2002. Currently, he is a Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University, leading the Woody Plant Physiology and Biotechnology program. Dr. Dai has more than 30 years of experience in woody plant research. His research areas cover woody plant physiology, biotechnology, molecular genetics, propagation, and production. Dr. Dai has taught several horticultural courses including Introductory Horticulture, Horticultural Science Laboratory, Plant Propagation, Fruit Crop Breeding, Fruit Crop Production, Nursery Production and Management, and Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology. Dr. Dai has published 39 research papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General