About the book
Plants are sessile organisms and are unable to move, thus facing challenges of adverse environments. However, due to changing climate major abiotic stresses such as heat, drought, salinity, and heavy metals have become the greatest threats for crop production sustainability. There are two ways to mitigate challenges, development of tolerant crop cultivars and improved management approaches. Tolerant plants can survive stresses by alleviating detrimental effects of abiotic stresses, and plants inherently try to survive through a complex signalling pathway by regulating response genes, as well as by producing antioxidants / organic and inorganic solutes. The roles of response genes are well defined since they create a signal which induces plant cells to produce antioxidants and hormones, and initiate enzymatic and metabolic activities in order to survive under the influence of stressors. Those genes are regulated depending on the stress-specific environment. The proposed book will highlight the consequences and mitigation strategies for major abiotic stresses such as heat, low temperature, drought, salinity, and heavy metal-induced stresses in plants.