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Legumes under Environmental Stress: Yield, Improvement and Adaptations

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Legumes under Environmental Stress: Yield, Improvement and Adaptations

Parvaiz Ahmad (Editor)

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Leguminous crops have been found to contribute almost 27% of the world’s primary crop production. However, due to environmental fluctuations, legumes are often exposed to different environmental stresses, leading to problems with growth and development, and ultimately, decreased yield.

This timely review explains the transcriptomics, proteomics, genomics, metabolomics, transgenomics, functional genomics and phenomics of a wide range of different leguminous crops under biotic and abiotic stresses, and their genetic and molecular responses. Amongst others the text describes the effect of nutrient deficiency, pesticides, salt, and temperature stress on legumes.

Importantly, the book explores the physiobiochemical, molecular and omic approaches that are used to overcome biotic and abiotic constraints in legumes. It looks at the exogenous application of phytoprotectants; the role of nutrients in the alleviation of abiotic stress; and the microbial strategy for the improvement of legume production under hostile environments.

Key features:

  • demonstrates how to mitigate the negative effect of stress on leguminous crops, and how to improve the yield under stress
  • the most up-to-date research in the field
  • written by an international team of active researchers and practitioners across academia, industry and non-profit organisations

This volume is a valuable and much-needed resource for scientists, professionals and researchers working in plant science, breeding, food security, crop improvement and agriculture worldwide. In universities it will educate postgraduate and graduate students in plant science and agriculture; it will also benefit those in scientific institutions and in biotech and agribusiness companies, who deal with agronomy and environment.

Additional Information

Author Parvaiz Ahmad (Editor)
Availability In Print
Dimensions No
Extent 328 pages
ISBN 9781118917084
Publication date Feb 2015
Book Type Hardcover


List of contributors vii

Preface xi

About the editors xiii

  1. Legumes and breeding under abiotic stress: An overview 1
    Arafat Abdel Hamed Abdel Latef and Parvaiz Ahmad
  2. Salt stress and leguminous crops: present status and prospects 21
    P.S. Sha Valli Khan and P. Osman Basha
  3. Nutrient deficiencies under stress in legumes: an overview 53
    Fakiha Afzal Tahira Khan Ammarah Khan Saifullah Khan Hammad Raza Ayesha Ihsan Mohammad Abass Ahanger and Alvina Gul Kazi
  4. Chickpea: Role and responses under abiotic and biotic stress 67
    Saiema Rasool Arafat Abdel Hamed Abdel Latef and Parvaiz Ahmad
  5. Chickpea and temperature stress: an overview 81
    Viola Devasirvatham Daniel K.Y. Tan Pooran M. Gaur and Richard M. Trethowan
  6. Effect of pesticides on leguminous plants: an overview 91
    Harpreet Kaur Renu Bhardwaj Vinod Kumar Anket Sharma Ravinder Singh and Ashwani Kumar Thukral
  7. Oxidative stress and antioxidant defence systems in response to pesticide stress 103
    Fozia Bashir and Sumira Jan
  8. Legume-rhizobia symbiotic performance under abiotic stresses: factors influencing tolerance behaviour 125
    Haythem Mhadhbi Photini V. Mylona and Alexios N. Polidoros
  9. Microbial strategies for the improvement of legume production in hostile environments 133
    Dilfuza Egamberdieva Vyacheslav Shurigin Subramaniam Gopalakrishnan and Ram Sharma
  10. Role of abscisic acid in legumes under abiotic stress 145
    Analia Llanes Genoveva Devinar and Virginia Luna
  11. Exogenous application of phytoprotectants in legumes against environmental stress 161
    Mirza Hasanuzzaman Kamrun Nahar Md. Mahabub Alam Shakeel Ahmad and Masayuki Fujita
  12. Genetic and molecular responses of legumes in a changing environment 199
    Mustafeez Mujtaba Babar Najam-us-Sahar Sadaf Zaidi Mohamed Mahgoub Azooz and Alvina Gul Kazi
  13. Omics approaches and abiotic stress tolerance in legumes 215
    Syeda Fatma Hasan Bukhari Sadia Arshad Mohamed Mahgoub Azooz and Alvina Gul Kazi
  14. MicroRNA-mediated regulatory functions under abiotic stresses in legumes 231
    Syed Sarfraz Hussain Mohammad Ali and Bujun Shi
  15. Biotechnology approaches to overcome biotic and abiotic stress constraints in legumes 247
    Mustafeez Mujtaba Babar Najam-us-Sahar Sadaf Zaidi Mohamed Mahgoub Azooz and Alvina Gul Kazi
  16. Gene pyramiding and omics approaches for stress tolerance in leguminous plants 265
    Neha Handa Renu Bhardwaj Ashwani Kumar Thukral Saroj Arora Sukhmeen Kaur Kohli Vandana Gautam and Tajinder Kaur
  17. Combating phosphorus deficiency on alkaline calcareous soils by adsorption isotherm technique for legume crops in arid environments 285
    Muhammad Waqas Abdul Hannan and Abdul Gaffar Sagoo

Index 301

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