1st Edition

Stress Physiology of Woody Plants

Edited By

Wenhao Dai

ISBN 9781498746083
Published May 9, 2019 by CRC Press
296 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

USD $199.95

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Book Description

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

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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.


'Stress-induced problems suffered by trees and shrubs are of increasing concern as the world urbanizes at a rapid pace and people plant them in situations much different from the habitats in which they evolved. In this book, Dai (North Dakota State Univ.) offers a comprehensive review of the many physiological and molecular aspects of woody plant responses to major environmental stresses. The first four chapters review, respectively, our current understanding of woody plant structure; growth and development; photosynthesis and respiration; and growth regulation. Next come chapters on stress due to drought, nutrient deficiency, salinity, low temperature, oxidative stress, and heavy metals. A concluding chapter deals with plant responses to multiple stresses. Each chapter is concise yet readable, with its own detailed table of contents and extensive list of references to the primary literature. One quibble is that the infrequent black-and-white illustrations seem to be modeled on a textbook from the last century: they are functional at best. Given the book’s highly technical level, it is likely to find its readership among very advanced students and research professionals.'

--G. D. Dreyer, emeritus, Connecticut College

Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.

Choice Review, April 2020