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Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology

Presents comprehensive information on crop and plant physiology
Discusses recent investigations of specific plant and crop physiological responses under normal as well as salt, drought, and other environmentally stressful conditions
Provides exhaustive coverage written by an international panel of experts in the field of agriculture
Contains 40 brand new chapters and three revised and expanded chapters
Includes a new section on bioinformatics and using computer modeling in plant physiology
Supplies thousands of index words to further increase accessibility to the desired information

By: Mohammad Pessarakli (Editor)

1031 pages, 133 b/w illustrations, 70 tables

CRC Press

Hardback | Mar 2014 | Edition: 3 | #214323 | ISBN-13: 9781466553286
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Continuous discoveries in plant and crop physiology have resulted in an abundance of new information since the publication of the second edition of the Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology, necessitating a new edition to cover the latest advances in the field. Like its predecessors, the Third Edition offers a unique, complete collection of topics in plant and crop physiology, serving as an up-to-date resource in the field. This edition contains more than 90 percent new material, and the remaining 10 percent has been updated and substantially revised.

Divided into nine parts to make the information more accessible, Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology covers the physiology of plant and crop growth and development, cellular and molecular aspects, and production processes. It addresses the physiological responses of plants and crops to environmental stresses, heavy metals, and agrichemicals; presents findings on small RNAs in response to temperature stress; and discusses the use of bioinformatics in plant/crop physiology. Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology deals with the impacts of rising CO2 levels and climate change on plant/crop growth, development, and production. It also offers guidance on plants and crops that can be successfully cultivated under more stressful conditions, presented in six chapters that examine alleviation of future food security issues.

With contributions from 105 scientists from 17 countries, Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology provides a comprehensive resource for research and for university courses, covering plant physiological processes ranging from the cellular level to whole plants. The content provided can be used to plan, implement, and evaluate strategies for dealing with plant and crop physiology problems. This edition includes numerous tables, figures, and illustrations to facilitate comprehension of the material as well as thousands of index words to further increase accessibility to the desired information.

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Part I Physiology of Plant/Crop Growth and Development Stages
Cell Cycle Regulation and Plant Development: A Crop Production Perspective
Paolo A. Sabelli
Seed Dormancy, Germination, and Seedling Recruitment in Weedy Setaria
Jack Dekker
Alterations in Structural Organization Affect the Functional Ability of Photosynthetic Apparatus
Emilia L. Apostolova and A.N. Misra
Photoperiodic Control of Flowering in Plants
Faqiang Wu and Yoshie Hanzawa
Role of Alternative Respiratory Pathway in Plants: Some Metabolic and Physiological Aspects
Elena V. Garmash
Growth Orientation of Underground Shoots: Stolons and Rhizomes and Aboveground Creeping Shoots in Perennial Herbaceous Plants
Alexander M. Markarov and Tamara K. Golovko
Structure and Metabolism of Underground Shoots in Perennial Rhizome-Forming Plants
Svetlana P. Maslova
Evaluating and Managing Crops Water Requirement
Zohrab Samani

Part II Cellular and Molecular Aspects of Plant/Crop Physiology
Biochemistry and Physiology of Carbon Partitioning in Crop Plants
Claudia V. Piattoni, Carlos M. Figueroa, Valeria E. Perotti, Florencio E. Podestá, and Alberto A. Iglesias
Role of Nitric Oxide in Plant Development
Dagmar Procházková and Nad’a Wilhelmová
Mitochondria in Plant Physiology
Farhad Ghavami, Ali Soltani, Penny M.A. Kianian, and Shahryar F. Kianian
Signaling Molecules Involved in the Postharvest Stress Response of Plants: Quality Changes and Synthesis of Secondary Metabolites
Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, Daniel A. Jacobo-Velázquez, Jean-Claude Pech, and Hisashi Koiwa

Part III Plant/Crop Physiology and Physiological Aspects of Plant/Crop Production Processes
Quantifying Immediate Carbon Export from Leaves Predicts Source Strength
Evangelos Demosthenes Leonardos and Bernard Grodzinski
Physiology of Grain Development in Cereals
Muhammad Farooq, Abdul Wahid, and Kadambot H.M. Siddique
C-Repeat Transcription Factors as Targets for the Maintenance of Crop Yield under Suboptimal Growth Conditions
Keshav Dahal, Khalil Kane, Fathey Sarhan, Leonid V. Savitch, Jas Singh, Bernard Grodzinski, and Norman P.A. Hüner
Physiology of Crop Productivity in Cold Climate
Galina N. Tabalenkova and Tamara K. Golovko
Rates of Processes of Essential Plant Nutrients
Thomas W. Crawford, Jr.
Some Interactions of Mineral Nutrients and Organic Substances in Plant Nutrition
Thomas W. Crawford, Jr.

Part IV Physiological Responses of Plants/Crops under Stressful (Salt, Drought, Heat, Nutrient Deficiency, and Other Environmental Stresses) Conditions
Role of Polyamines in Plant Abiotic Stress Responses
Bhaskar Gupta, Kamala Gupta, and Bingru Huang
Physiological and Biochemical Mechanisms of Plant Tolerance to Heat Stress
David Jespersen and Bingru Huang
Drought Resistance in Small Grain Cereal Crops
Moustafa Eldakak, Mukhtar Ahmed, Muhammad Asif, Sanaa I.M. Milad, Ali I. Nawar, Zohra Aslam, Aakash Goyal, and Jai S. Rohila
Drought Physiology of Forage Crops
M. Anowarul Islam and Augustine K. Obour
Effect of Drought/Water Stress and Adaptation of Unintended Consequences on Wheat Growth and Development in Pakistan
Ijaz Rasool Noorka
Physiological Mechanisms of Nitrogen Absorption and Assimilation in Plants under Stressful Conditions
Rama Shanker Dubey, Rajneesh Kumar Srivastava, and Mohammad Pessarakli
Effects of Hyperosmotic Salinity on Protein Patterns and Enzyme Activities
Hans-Werner Koyro, B. Huchzermeyer, and Christian Zörb
Reactive Oxygen Species Generation, Hazards, and Defense Mechanisms in Plants under Environmental (Abiotic and Biotic) Stress Conditions
Pallavi Sharma, Ambuj Bhushan Jha, Rama Shanker Dubey, and Mohammad Pessarakli
Implications of Oxidative Stress for Crop Growth and Productivity
Abdul Wahid, Muhammad Farooq, and Kadambot H. M. Siddique
Physiological and Biophysical Responses of Plants under Low and Ultralow Temperatures
Jiří Zámečník and Miloš Faltus
Stress Tolerance in Some European Resurrection Plants (Haberlea rhodopensis and Ramonda sp.)
Iliya Denev, Detelin Stefanov, Maria Gevezova, Ina Kirilova, Katya Georgieva, Maya Kurteva, and Galina Panayotova
Salinity and Amenity Horticulture
Atif Riaz and Peter M. Martin
Physiological Responses of Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) to Salt Stress
Mohammad Pessarakli
Isoprenoid Biosynthesis in Higher Plants and Green Algae under Normal and Light Stress Conditions
Parisa Heydarizadeh, Justine Marchand, Mohammad Reza Sabzalian, Martine Bertrand, and Benoît Schoefs

Part V Physiological Responses of Plants/Crops to Heavy Metal Concentration and Agrichemicals
Metal Nanoparticles in Plants: Formation and Action
Elena Masarovicˇová, Katarína Král’ová, and Smita Sachin Zinjarde
Arsenic Toxicity and Tolerance Mechanisms in Crop Plants
Pallavi Sharma, Ambuj Bhushan Jha, and Rama Shanker Dubey

Part VI Physiology of Plant/Crop Genetics and Development
Small RNAs in Crop Response to Temperature Stress Noncoding RNAs in Plants
Galina Yahubyan, Elena Apostolova, Ivan Minkov, and Vesselin Baev

Part VII Bioinformatics and Using Computer Modeling in Plant Physiology
Comparative Genomics of Grass Genomes Using CoGe
Eric Lyons, Matthew D. Bomhoff, Shannon L. Oliver, and Andrew J. Lenards

Part VIII Plants/Crops Growth Responses to Environmental Factors and Climatic Changes
Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change, and Crops in the Twenty-First Century: The Dawn of a New World
Glen M. MacDonald

Part IX Future Promises: Plants and Crops Adaptation and Biotechnological Aspects of Plants/Crops Improvement
CAM Plants as Crops: Adaptable, Metabolically Flexible, and Highly Productive Cultivars
Karina E.J. Trípodi, Florencio E. Podestá, Carlos M. Figueroa, Claudia V. Piattoni, Alberto A. Iglesias, and Valeria E. Perotti
Advances in Improving Adaptation of Common Bean and Brachiaria Forage Grasses to Abiotic Stresses in the Tropics
Idupulapati Madhusudana Rao
Improving Maize Production under Drought Stress: Traits, Screening Methods, and Environments
Gerald N. De La Fuente, Ivan Barrero, Seth C. Murray, Tom Isakeit, and Michael V. Kolomiets
New Approaches to Turfgrass Nutrition: Humic Substances and Mycorrhizal Inoculation
Ali Nikbakht and Mohammad Pessarakli
Use of Sewage in Agriculture and Related Activities
Manal El-Zohri, Awatief F. Hifney, Taha Ramadan, and Refat Abdel-Basset
Water and Crops: Molecular Biologists’, Physiologists’, and Plant Breeders’ Approach in the Context of Evergreen Revolution
Ijaz Rasool Noorka and J.S. Heslop-Harrison


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Dr. Mohammad Pessarakli is a professor in the School of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. His work at the University of Arizona includes research and extension services as well as teaching courses in turfgrass science, management, and stress physiology. Dr. Pessarakli is a certified professional agronomist and certified professional soil scientist, and he is a United Nations Consultant in Agriculture for underdeveloped countries. He is the editor of four books, is the author or coauthor of 135 journal articles and 55 trade magazine articles, has written 18 book chapters, and is an editorial board member of the Journal of Plant Nutrition, Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, and the Journal of Agricultural Technology.

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