Salicylic Acid: Role in Plant Physiology and Stress Tolerance



The plant phenolic salicylic acid (SA) plays a regulatory role in plant physiology and metabolism. An updated review has been made based on previous and recent publications related to influence of SA on physiological processes of plants such as flowering, thermogenesis, membrane function, ion uptake, and photosynthesis. The role of SA as a mediator in disease resistance in plants is also described. This chapter deals with the role of SA in plant response to abiotic stress factors of various natures, i.e., temperature, heavy metal, ozone, salinity, and drought. The exact mechanism of SA action in plants as a signal molecule in stress mitigation and other biological processes needs to be understood.


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