Plant-Environment Interactions (Third Edition)

Edited by Bingru Huang 
CRC Press  January 2006  

Hardback  416 pages, illustrated  ISBN 9780849337277      £86.00
  • Provides current information on cellular and molecular mechanisms of plant responses to environmental stress, including stress signal perception and genetic manipulation of stress tolerance
  • Details applied aspects of molecular biology in improving plant stress tolerance
  • Offers new tools for use in stress tolerance evaluation, and explains how to evaluate a plant's level of stress tolerance
  • Addresses the production of stress-tolerant germplasm through biotechnology and breeding
  • Charts the course for future research on abiotic stress

While many texts, including the first two editions of Plant-Environment Interactions, successfully focus on whole-plant responses to abiotic stress, the challenges of continued climate changes and increasingly taxed natural resources require us to become more resourceful in our efforts to improve agricultural yield. Fortunately, dramatic progress in molecular biology and biotechnology has recently produced a wealth of information on the mechanisms of plant and environmental interactions at the cellular and molecular levels.

Fully revised and expanded, Plant-Environment Interactions, Third Edition leverages recent research to provide unparalleled insight concerning the most important and common abiotic stresses limiting plant growth and productivity in both natural and managed environments. Pioneering experts from a variety of disciplines provide a completely fresh look at the topic in light of the discoveries they have helped to herald. Examining most, if not all, of the recent advances in cellular and molecular mechanisms of plant tolerance to abiotic stresses, they thoroughly cover-

  • Recent literature on gene expression, changes in protein metabolism, and biotechnology in relation to plant and environmental interactions
  • Newly developed methods and techniques in stress physiology and molecular biology, including physiological and biochemical methodologies commonly used for the evaluation of plant-stress tolerance
  • Applications of genomic and molecular approaches for improving the stress tolerance of plants utilizing mechanisms identified through the analysis of plant-environment interactions at whole-plant, cellular, and molecular levels

Going a step further, this volume re-examines older literature in light of recent advances, and while it provides many answers, it also raises many challenging questions deserving the attention of future research.

An essential resource for plant physiologists, breeders, molecular biologists, agronomists, horticulturists, and crop scientists, as well as academic researchers and graduate students, this work provides an in-depth understanding of abiotic stress as it highlights the steps needed to improve whole-plant growth and productivity in suboptimal environments.


  • Cellular Membranes in Stress Sensing and Regulation of Plant Adaptation to Abiotic Stresses; Bingru Huang
  • Changes in Cellular and Molecular Processes in Plant Adaptation to Heat Stress; John J. Burke and Junping Chen
  • Molecular Responses and Mechanisms of Plant Adaptation to Cold and Freezing Stress; C.B. Rajashekar
  • Photoacclimation: Physiological and Molecular Responses to Changes in Light Environments; Penny L. Humby and Dion G. Durnford
  • Molecular Mechanisms in Hormonal Regulation of Drought Tolerance; Yajun Wu, Jenny Ballif, and Bingru Huang
  • Salinity Tolerance: Cellular Mechanisms and Gene Regulation ; R.K. Sairam, Aruna Tyagi, and Vishwanathan Chinnusamy
  • Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Plant Tolerance to Waterlogging ; B. Ricard, S. Aschi-Smiti, I. Gharbi, and R. Brouquisse
  • Whole-Plant Adaptations to Low Phosphorus Availability; Jonathan P. Lynch and Kathleen Brown
  • Physiological Effects of Heavy Metals on Plant Growth and Function; M.S. Liphadzi and M.B. Kirkham
  • Growth and Function of Roots under Abiotic Stress in Soils; Hong Wang and Akira Yamauchi
  • Physiological and Biochemical Indicators for Stress Tolerance; Shimon Rachmilevitch, Michelle DaCosta, and Bingru Huang
  • Breeding and Genomic Approaches to Improving Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants; Stacy A. Bonos and Bingru Huang
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