About the book
Under natural conditions, plants are constantly challenged by adverse environmental conditions including abiotic stresses such as heat, cold, drought, and salinity, or biotic factors such as pathogens, insects, and herbivores. These stressors limit the utilization of arable lands worldwide and hamper the growth, development, and productivity of crop plants. Understanding the stress signaling and responses is inevitable to improve stress resistance in crop plants and achieve agricultural sustainability and global food security for the growing population.
This book welcomes contributions reporting plant responses to both abiotic (salinity, drought, flooding, temperature extremes, heavy metals, etc.) and biotic (pathogens, insects, pests, weeds, herbivores) stresses, highlighting, among other aspects, the role of stress hormones, signaling mechanisms, and changes in gene expression patterns and their regulation. P"lant Stress Responses and Defense Mechanisms" will be useful for researchers in diverse fields as well as for plant biologists, environmental biologists, faculty, and students. The book will also be helpful for further advancement of research in the area of plant stress biology.