Salt Stress in Plants, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1461461081
  • ISBN-13: 9781461461081
  • DDC: 575
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 509 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Environmental conditions and changes cause a variety of stresses; one of the most prevalent is salt stress. Excess salt in the soil adversely affects plant growth and development, and impairs production. Nearly 20% of the world's cultivated area and nearly half of the world's irrigated lands are affected by salinity. Processes such as seed germination, seedling growth and vigour, vegetative growth, flowering and fruit set are adversely affected by high salt concentration, causing diminished economic yield and also quality of produce. Most plants cannot tolerate salt-stress. High salt concentrations decrease the osmotic potential of soil solution, creating a water stress in plants and severe ion toxicity. The interactions of salts with mineral nutrition may result in nutrient imbalances and deficiencies. These can ultimately lead to plant death as a result of growth arrest and molecular damage. To achieve salt-tolerance, the foremost task is either to prevent or alleviate the damage, or to re-establish homeostatic conditions in the new stressful environment. Barring a few exceptions, the conventional breeding techniques have been unsuccessful in transferring the salt-tolerance trait to the target species. A host of genes encoding different structural and regulatory proteins have been used over the past 5–6 years for the development of a range of abiotic stress-tolerant plants. It has been shown that using regulatory genes is a more effective approach for developing stress-tolerant plants. Thus, understanding the molecular basis will be helpful in developing selection strategies for improving salinity tolerance. This book sheds light on the effect of salt stress on plants development, proteomics, genomics, genetic engineering, and plant adaptations, among other topics. The book includes some 25 chapters with contributors from all over the world. ​​

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Brief Biodata of Editor and Co-editors.
1: Recent Advances of Metabolomics to Reveal Plant Response During Salt Stress.
2: MicroRNAs and Their Role in Salt Stress Response in Plants.
3: Unravelling Salt Stress in Plants Through Proteomics.
4: Genetic Approaches to Improve Salinity Tolerance in Plants.
5: LEA Proteins in Salt Stress Tolerance.
6: Enhancing Plant Productivity Under Salt Stress: Relevance of Poly-omics.
7: Salt Stress and MAPK Signaling in Plants.
8: ABA: Role in Plant Signaling Under Salt Stress.
9: Calcium Signaling and Its Significance in Alleviating Salt Stress in Plants.
10: Improving Salt Tolerance in Rice: Looking Beyond the Conventional.
11: Approaches to Improving Salt Tolerance in Maize.
12: The Role of Phytochromes in Stress Tolerance.
13: Role of Arbuscular Mycorrhiza in Amelioration of Salinity.
14: Breeding Salinity Tolerance in Citrus Using Rootstocks.
15: Effects of Salt Stress on Photosynthesis Under Ambient and Elevated Atmospheric CO2 Concentration.
16: Nitrogen-Use-Efficiency (NUE) in Plants Under NaCl Stress.
17: The Responses of Salt-Affected Plants to Cadmium.
18: Plant Tissue Culture: A Useful Measure for the Screening of Salt Tolerance in Plants.