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Plant Stress Responses and Defense Mechanisms

Saddam Hussain

University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan

A well-known academic in the field of plant stress physiology, Highly Cited Researcher-2021 by Clarivate/Web of Science, Dr. Hussain published over 150 refereed journal papers that seek to understand crop responses to abiotic stresses and mechanisms imparting tolerance to stresses. He is an editor of several reputed international journals including the Journal of Advanced Research, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, and BMC Plant Biology.


Tahir Hussain Awan

Rice Research Institute, Kala Shah Kaku

Dr. Tahir Hussain Awan works is a Senior Scientist with a Ph.D. from the University of the Philippines Los Baños in 2015. He has more than 25 years of research experience in the area of crop physiology and agronomy, where he has published around 100 articles in reputed journals.

Ejaz Waraich

University of Agriculture Faisalabad

Dr. Ejaz Ahmad Waraich is an Associate Professor of Plant Stress Physiology. As a professional teacher and researcher, he has been recognized with several awards, including the Endeavour Executive award 2015 from Govt. of Australia and a Post-doc fellowship award 2008-09 from the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. He has published more than 140 refereed journal papers in his field.

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Masood Iqbal Awan

University of Agriculture Faisalabad

Dr. Masood Iqbal Awan is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Agronomy. He has a Ph.D. (2013) from Wageningen University, The Netherlands (2013) and was a University Associate (2015-2017) at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Key research interests include stress physiology, resource use efficiency, alternate production systems, and eco-efficient cropping systems.


Abiotic Stress Biotic Stress Pathogens Nutrient Deficiency Heat Drought Salinity Phytohormones Signaling Molecules Combined Stresses ABA Ethylene

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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.

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Date completed: April 8th 2022

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Saddam Hussain

Dr. Saddam Hussain is working as an Assistant Professor in the area of Plant Stress Physiology at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad-Pakistan. He has been recognized with several international awards in recent years. He published over 150 refereed journal papers (h-index: 50, citations: >9500), many of which have sought to understand the morphological, physiological, biochemical, and molecular basis of crop responses to individual and concurrent abiotic stresses and mechanisms imparting tolerance for such stresses. He devised promising strategies for improving crop performance under sub-optimum conditions (salinity, drought, submergence, temperature extremes, metal toxicity) and suggested various novel indicators for augmenting stress tolerance in plants. The impact of his publications is consistently on the increase, and he is now receiving over 1500 citations every single year. Currently, he is working as an Editor/Editorial board member of several reputed international journals including Journal of Advanced Research (Elsevier, Q1, IF 10.48), Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (Elsevier, Q1, IF 6.29), BMC Plant Biology (Springer, Q1 IF: 4.22), Journal of Plant Growth Regulation (Springer, Q1 IF 4.17), Food and Energy Security (Wiley, Q1, IF 4.11), Plants (Q1, IF: 3.94), Sustainability (IF: 3.25), PLOS One (Q1, IF: 3.24), Arabian Journal of Geosciences (Springer IF: 1.83), to name a few. He has supervised more than 80 post-graduate students.

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