Abiotic Stress Physiology of Horticultural Crops

  • N.K. Srinivasa Rao
  • K.S. Shivashankara
  • R. H. Laxman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Mechanisms of Abiotic Stress Tolerance Responses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. N. K. Srinivasa Rao, R. H. Laxman, K. S. Shivashankara
      Pages 3-17
    3. K. K. Upreti, Maryada Sharma
      Pages 19-46
    4. K. S. Shivashankara, K. C. Pavithra, G. A. Geetha
      Pages 47-69
    5. Vidya S. Murthy, Kundapura V. Ravishankar
      Pages 71-83
    6. D. Kalaivanan, A. N. Ganeshamurthy
      Pages 85-102
    7. K. Bhanuprakash, H. S. Yogeesha
      Pages 103-117
  3. Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Horticultural Crops: Vegetables

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. A. T. Sadashiva, Aradhana Singh, R. Punith Kumar, V. Sowmya, Dominic P. D’mello
      Pages 121-131
    3. N. K. Srinivasa Rao
      Pages 133-149
    4. K. Madhavi Reddy, K. S. Shivashankara, G. A. Geetha, K. C. Pavithra
      Pages 151-166
  4. Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Horticultural Crops: Fruit Crops

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. R. H. Laxman, C. J. Annapoornamma, Geeta Biradar
      Pages 169-181
    3. Satisha Jogaiah
      Pages 183-205
    4. Iyyakutty Ravi, M. Mayil Vaganan
      Pages 207-222
    5. N. K. Srinivasa Rao
      Pages 223-234
    6. Rajesh Kumar
      Pages 235-266
  5. Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Horticultural Crops: Plantation and Tuber Crops

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. S. Naresh Kumar, V. Rajagopal, K. V. Kasturi Bai
      Pages 269-305
    3. D. Balasimha
      Pages 307-319
    4. K. S. Krishnamurthy, S. J. Ankegowda, P. Umadevi, Johnson K. George
      Pages 321-332
    5. K. Suresh, R. K. Mathur, S. K. Behera
      Pages 333-342
    6. O. Kumari Swadija, Atul Jayapal, V. B. Padmanabhan
      Pages 343-368

About this book


This book brings together recent advances in the area of abiotic stress tolerance in various vegetables, fruit crops, plantation crops and tuber crops. The main challenges to improving the productivity of horticultural crops are the different types of abiotic stresses generally caused by climate change at the regional and global level. Heat, drought, cold and salinity are the major abiotic stresses that adversely affect growth and productivity and can trigger a series of morphological, physiological, biochemical and molecular changes in various horticultural crops. 
To date, there are no books covering horticultural crop-specific abiotic stress tolerance mechanisms and their management. Addressing that gap, the book is divided into 2 sections, the first of which highlights recent advances in the general aspects of abiotic stress tolerance like the role of hormones, reactive oxygen species, seed treatments, molecular mechanisms of heat tolerance and heavy metal toxicity, while the second focuses on the abiotic stress tolerance mechanisms of various vegetables, fruit crops, plantation crops and tuber crops. It includes comprehensive discussions of fruit crops like mango, grapes, banana, litchi and arid zone fruits; vegetables crops like tomato, capsicum, onion and tuber crops; and plantation crops like coconut, areca nut, oil palm and black pepper. Among the strategies for plant stress survival, examples of both avoidance and tolerance relevant to particular crops are examined in detail, supported by selected comprehensive case studies of progress. As such, the book offers a valuable resource suited for scientists and graduate students working in the fields of crop improvement, genetic engineering, and the abiotic stress tolerance of horticultural crops.


Abiotic Stress Tolerance Heavy Metal Pollution Horticultural Crops Tolerance Mechanism and Stress Physiology Water Use Efficiency and Thermotolerance

Editors and affiliations

  • N.K. Srinivasa Rao
    • 1
  • K.S. Shivashankara
    • 2
  • R. H. Laxman
    • 3
  1. 1.of Horticultural ResearchIndian InstituteBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Horticultural ResearchIndian Institute ofBangaloreIndia
  3. 3.Horticultural ResearchIndian Institute ofBangaloreIndia

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