Molecular Ecotoxicology: From Man-Made Pollutants to Multiple Environmental Stresses

  • H. Sandermann
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 170)


All life forms depend on plants as primary producers of food and feed and of substrates for decomposition. In the mid-1960s, it was realized that the productivity and biodiversity of whole ecosystems, including their vegetation, were threatened by man-made pollutants. Later on, other natural and man-made influences, such as climatic extremes, pathogens, herbivores or air pollution, were also studied as environmental stressors. The existence of highly effective plant acclimation and stress defense mechanisms is demonstrated by the occurrence of plants on extreme environmental sites and by the resistance of plants to most pathogens. Plants can also detoxify man-made chemicals, as shown by the selective action of many herbicides that kill weeds without inhibiting the growth of crop plants.


Salicylic Acid Venn Diagram Active Oxygen Species Fungal Elicitor Pathogen Defense 
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