Abiotic Stress: Role in Sustainable Agriculture, Detrimental Effects and Management Strategies


Annabella Ferro (Editor)

Series: Environmental Remediation Technologies, Regulations and Safety
BISAC: TEC003070

Stress may be defined as any negative effect or condition that a living organism may suffer. Abiotic stresses, such as salinity, drought, high and low temperatures, ozone, heavy metals and low concentration of nutrients in degraded soils can cause deleterious effects in almost all phonological plant stages, from germination to full plant development. It has been estimated that 70% of the crop yield loss can be attributed to abiotic stresses, especially drought.

It is known that plants respond readily when challenged by abiotic stresses by the modified regulation of many genes. This is a manifold response consisting of transcriptional and translational mechanisms that allow the adaptation of plants to many unfavorable environments. This book discusses the regulation of abiotic stress responses in plants; the structural aspects and functional regulation of late embryogenesis abundant genes and proteins conferring abiotic stress tolerance in plants; and dehydration responsive element binding transcription factors. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Pivotal Role Played by Transcription Factors, Small RNAs and Epigenetic Modifications in the Regulation of Abiotic Stress Responses in Plants
Paola A. Palmeros-Suárez and John P. Délano-Frier (Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del I.P.N. Unidad Irapuato, Irapuato, México)

Chapter 2. Structural Aspects and Functional Regulation of Late Embryogenesis Abundant (LEA) Genes and Proteins Conferring Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants
Aryadeep Roychoudhury and Subhayu Nayek (Post Graduate Department of Biotechnology, St. Xavier’s College, Mother Teresa Sarani, Kolkata, West Bengal, India)

Chapter 3. Dehydration Responsive Element Binding (DREB) Transcription Factors and Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance
Donia Bouaziz and Radhia Gargouri-Bouzid (Laboratoire des Biotechnologies Végétales Appliquées à l’Amélioration des Cultures, Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Sfax, Tunisia)


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