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Plant Physiology Theory and Applications

By: SL Kochhar(Author), Sukhbir Kaur Gujral(Author)
888 pages, illustrations
Plant Physiology
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  • Plant Physiology ISBN: 9781108486392 Edition: 2 Hardback Dec 2020 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
Price: £69.99
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This thoroughly revised and updated edition provides an accessible overview of the rapidly advancing field of plant physiology. Key topics covered include absorption of water, ascent of sap, transpiration, mineral nutrition, fat metabolism, enzymes and plant hormones. Separate chapters are included on photosynthesis, respiration and nitrogen metabolism, and emphasis is placed on their contribution to food security, climate-resilient farming (or climate-smart agriculture) and sustainable development. There is also a chapter on the seminal contributions of plant physiologists. Supported by the inclusion of laboratory experimental exercises and solved numerical problems, the text emphasises the conceptual framework, for example, in coverage of topics such as thermodynamics, water potential gradients and energy transformation during metabolic processes, water use efficiency and nitrogen use efficiency. Bringing together the theoretical and practical details, this text is accessible, self-contained and student-friendly.



Unit 1. Water and Mineral Translocation in Plants:
1. Plant water relations
2. Absorption and translocation of water
3. Transpiration
4. Mineral nutrition

Unit 2. Metabolism and Bioenergetics:
5. Metabolism and bioenergetics
6. Enzymes
7. Photosynthesis
8. Carbohydrate metabolism
9. Respiration
10. Nitrogen metabolism
11. Lipid metabolism
12. Sulfur, phosphorus and iron assimilation in plants
13. Phloem transport

Unit 3. Growth and Development:
14. Dormancy, germination, and flowering
15. Plant photoreceptors
16. Plant hormones and signal transduction
17. Ripening, senescence and cell death

Unit 4. Stress Physiology:
18. Abiotic and biotic stress
19. Secondary plant metabolites

Unit 5:
20. Agricultural implications of plant physiology
21. Seminal contributions of plant physiologists
22. The status and development of plant physiology in India

Unit 6:
23. Experimental exercises


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S. L. Kochhar obtained his master's degree from Punjab University, Chandigarh, where he was awarded the prestigious Atomic Energy Commission Scholarship. He taught courses in economic botany and plant physiology at Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, University of Delhi, for more than four decades (1965–2009). His areas of interest include botany, plant science, tropical crops and plant physiology. He is author of Economic Botany: A Comprehensive Study, 5th Edition (Cambridge, 2016).

Sukhbir Kaur Gujral has been teaching in the Department of Botany at Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, University of Delhi for more than three decades. Her areas of interest include plant physiology and cell biology.

By: SL Kochhar(Author), Sukhbir Kaur Gujral(Author)
888 pages, illustrations
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