Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology (2nd Edition)

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Like any other area in science, both the scope and depth of our knowledge of plant and crop physiology are rapidly expanding. Plant/crop physiologists are continuously making new discoveries. This phenomenon has resulted in the compilation of a large volume of information since the first edition of the Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology was prepared and presented to scientists and professionals. The abundance of new data has necessitated that this unique, comprehensive source of information be revised to include all the new discoveries in the field. Like the first edition, the new edition of the Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology is a unique, comprehensive, and complete collection of the topics in plant/crop physiology.

More than two-thirds of the material in the new edition is entirely new; these are included under new titles. The other one-third has been updated and substantially modified. This new edition consists of 12 parts while the first edition consisted of eight. Overall, about 80% of this book is new and a totally new volume has emerged.

The Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology is needed to fill the gap in the available literature. In addition, it has long been recognized that physiological processes control plant growth and crop yields. Therefore, this handbook is prepared in a single volume to serve as a comprehensive resource and up-todate reference to effectively cover the information relevant to plant/crop physiology that is scattered among plant/crop physiology books as well as plant physiology journals.

Part I: Plants/Crops Growth Responses to Environmental Factors and Climactic Changes
1. Time, Plant Growth, Respiration, and Temperature
2. Role of Temperature in the Physiology of Crop Plants: Pre- and Postharvest
3. Crop Plant Responses to Rising CO2 and Climate Change
Part II: Physiology of Plant/Crop Growth and Developmental Stages
4. Germination and Emergence
5. Influence of Source Strength on Leaf Developmental Programming
6. Ecophysiological Aspects of the Vegetative Propagation of Saltbush (Atriplex spp.) and Mulberry (Morus spp.)
7. Fruit Development, Maturation, and Ripening
8. Dormancy: Manifestations and Causes
9. Senescence in Plants and Crops
10. Abscission
Part III: Cellular and Molecular Aspects of Plant/Crop Physiology
11. Cell Cycle Regulation in Plants
12. Chlorophyll Biosynthesis During Plant Greening
13. Structure and Function of Photosynthetic Membranes in Higher Plants
14. Bioenergetic Aspects of Photosynthetic Gas Exchange and Respiratory Processes in Algae and Plants
15. Diffusive Resistances to CO2 Entry in the Leaves and Their Limitations to Photosynthesis
Part IV: Plant/Crop Physiology and Physiological Aspects of Plant/Crop Production Processes
16. Mineral Nutrient Transport in Plants
17. Sodium: A Functional Nutrient in Plants
18. Nitrogen Metabolism and Crop Productivity
19. Quantifying Immediate Carbon Export from Source Leaves
20. Production-Related Assimilate Transport and Partitioning
21. Phloem Transport of Solutes in Crop Plants
22. Carbohydrate Synthesis and Crop Metabolism
23. Production of Phytomedicinal Chemicals by Plants
Part V: Plant Growth Regulators: The Natural Hormones (Growth Promoters and Inhibitors)
and Plant Genes
24. Plant Growth Hormones: Growth Promoters and Inhibitors
25. The Activation Sequence-1 Cognate Promoter Elements Play Critical Roles in the Activation of Defense-Related Genes in Higher Plants
26. Multilevel Regulation of Glutathione Homeostasis in Higher Plants
27. Genes Associated with Orchid Flower
Part VI: Physiological Responses of Plants/Crops Under Stressful (Salt, Drought, and Other
Environmental Stresses) Conditions
28. Biology and Physiology of Saline Plants
29. Role of Physiology in Improving Crop Adaptation to Abiotic Stresses in the Tropics: The Case of Common Bean and Tropical Forages
30. Adaptive Components of Salt Tolerance
31. Growth and Physiological Adaptations of Grasses to Salinity Stress
32. Physiological Mechanisms of Nitrogen Absorption and Assimilation in Plants Under
Stressful Conditions
33. Induction of Proteins in Response to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses
34. Physiological Responses of Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) to Salt Stress
35. Calcium as a Messenger in Stress Signal Transduction
36. Regulation of Gene Expression During Abiotic Stresses and the Role of the Plant Hormone Abscisic Acid
Part VII: Physiological Responses of Plants/Crops to Heavy Metal Concentration and
37. How Plants Adapt Their Physiology to an Excess of Metals
38. The Negative Action of Toxic Divalent Cations on the Photosynthetic Apparatus
39. Physiological Mechanisms of Herbicide Actions
Part VIII: Physiological Relationships Between Lower and Higher Plants
40. Parasitic Flowering Plants from Genus Orobanche: DNA Markers, Molecular Evolution, and Physiological Relations with the Host Plants
Part IX: Physiology of Lower-Plant Genetics and Development
41. Developmental Genetics in Lower Plants
Part X: Physiology of Higher-Plant/Crop Genetics and Development
42. Photosynthetic Efficiency and Crop Yield
43. Transpiration Efficiency: Avenues for Genetic Improvement
44. Physiological Mechanisms Relevant to Genetic Improvement of Salinity Tolerance in Crop Plants
45. Glycine Betaine Accumulation: Its Role in Stress Resistance in Crop Plants
Part XI: Using Computer Modeling in Plant Physiology
46. Computer Simulation of Plant and Crop Allocation Processes
Part XII: Plant/Crop Physiology Under Controlled Conditions, in Space, and on Other Planets
47. Composite Lighting for Controlled-Environment Plant Factories
48. Plant Growth and Human Life Support for Space Travel

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