Plant & Crop Science Handbook from C.H.I.P.S.

Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology - 2nd Edition
edited by
Mohammad Pessarakli


  • Recent investigations on specific plant and crop physiological responses under normal as well as salt, drought, and environmentally stressful conditions
  • Novel computer simulation techniques for plant and crop allocation processes
  • Modern advances in plant genetics and plant growth hormones
  • Future prospects for plant and human life support on other planets
  • and more!

This totally revised and expanded reference provides comprehensive coverage of the latest discoveries in plant physiological stages and processes under both normal and stressful conditions - emphasizing environmental factors, climatic changes, developmental stages, and growth regulators as well as linking plant and crop physiology to the production of food, feed, and medicinal compounds. It also offers an up-to-date encyclopedic list of nearly 7,000 contemporary references and over 300 useful tables, equations, drawings, photographs, and micrographs.

Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology contains current material - including four new sections on cellular and molecular aspects of plant and crop physiology, plant and crop physiological responses to heavy metal concentration and agrichemicals, computer modeling in plant physiology, and plant and crop physiology under controlled conditions and in space.


Plants/Crops Growth Responses to Environmental Factors and Climactic Changes

  1. Time, Plant Growth, Respiration, and Temperature
  2. Role of Temperature in the Physiology of Crop Plants: Pre- and Postharvest
  3. Crop Plant Responses to Rising CO2 and Climate Change

Physiology of Plant/Crop Growth and Developmental Stages

  1. Germination and Emergence
  2. Influence of Source Strength on Leaf Developmental Programming
  3. Ecophysiological Aspects of the Vegetative Propagation of Saltbush (Atriplex spp.) and Mulberry (Morus spp.)
  4. Fruit Development, Maturation, and Ripening
  5. Dormancy: Manifestations and Causes
  6. Senescence in Plants and Crops
  7. Abscission

Cellular and Molecular Aspects of Plant/Crop Physiology

  1. Cell Cycle Regulation in Plants
  2. Chlorophyll Biosynthesis During Plant Greening
  3. Structure and Function of Photosynthetic Membranes in Higher Plants
  4. Bioenergetic Aspects of Photosynthetic Gas Exchange and Respiratory Processes in Algae and Plants
  5. Diffusive Resistances to CO2 Entry in the Leaves and Their Limitations to Photosynthesis

Plant/Crop Physiology and Physiological Aspects of Plant/Crop Production Processes

  1. Mineral Nutrient Transport in Plants
  2. Sodium: A Functional Nutrient in Plants
  3. Nitrogen Metabolism and Crop Productivity
  4. Quantifying Immediate Carbon Export from Source Leaves
  5. Production-Related Assimilate Transport and Partitioning
  6. Phloem Transport of Solutes in Crop Plants
  7. Carbohydrate Synthesis and Crop Metabolism
  8. Production of Phytomedicinal Chemicals by Plants

Plant Growth Regulators: The Natural Hormones (Growth Promoters and Inhibitors) and Plant Genes

  1. Plant Growth Hormones: Growth Promoters and Inhibitors
  2. The Activation Sequence-1 Cognate Promoter Elements Play Critical Roles in the Activation of Defense-Related Genes in Higher Plants
  3. Multilevel Regulation of Glutathione Homeostasis in Higher Plants
  4. Genes Associated with Orchid Flower

Physiological Responses of Plants/Crops under Stressful (Salt, Drought, and Other Environmental Stresses) Conditions

  1. Biology and Physiology of Saline Plants
  2. Role of Physiology in Improving Crop Adaptation to Abiotic Stresses in the Tropics: The
  3. Case of Common Bean and Tropical Forages
  4. Adaptive Components of Salt Tolerance
  5. Growth and Physiological Adaptations of Grasses to Salinity Stress
  6. Physiological Mechanisms of Nitrogen Absorption and Assimilation in Plants Under Stressful Conditions
  7. Induction of Proteins in Response to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses
  8. Physiological Responses of Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) to Salt Stress
  9. Calcium as a Messenger in Stress Signal Transduction
  10. Regulation of Gene Expression During Abiotic Stresses and the Role of the Plant Hormone
  11. Abscisic Acid

Physiological Responses of Plants/Crops to Heavy Metal Concentration and Agrichemicals

  1. How Plants Adapt Their Physiology to an Excess of Metals
  2. The Negative Actions of Toxic Divalent Cations on the Photosynthetic Apparatus
  3. Physiological Mechanisms of Herbicide Actions

Physiological Relationships between Lower and Higher Plants

  1. Parasitic Flowering Plants from Genus Orobanche: DNA Markers, Molecular Evolution, and Physiological Relations with the Host Plants

Physiology of Lower-Plants Genetics and Development

  1. Developmental Genetics in Lower Plants

Physiology of Higher Plant/Crop Genetics and Development

  1. Photosynthetic Efficiency and Crop Yield
  2. Transpiration Efficiency: Avenues for Genetic Improvement
  3. Physiological Mechanisms Relevant to Genetic Improvement of Salinity Tolerance in Crop Plants
  4. Glycine Betaine Accumulation: Its Role in Stress Resistance in Crop Plants

Using Computer Modeling in Plant Physiology

  1. Computer Simulation of Plant and Crop Allocation Processes

Plant/Crop Physiology under Controlled Conditions, in Space, and on Other Planets

  1. Composite Lighting for Controlled-Environment Plant Factories
  2. Plant Growth and Human Life Support for Space Travel


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