Contents

1 Abiotic Stress Responses in Plants: An Overview 1

Hans-Werner Koyro, Parvaiz Ahmad, and Nicole Geissler

2 Prospects of Halophytes in Understanding and Managing Abiotic Stress Tolerance 29

Vinayak H. Lokhande and Penna Suprasanna

3 UV-B Radiation, Its Effects and Defense Mechanisms in Terrestrial Plants 57

Fernando E. Prado, Mariana Rosa, Carolina Prado, Griselda Podazza, Roque Interdonato, Juan A. González, and Mirna Hilal

4 K+ Nutrition, Uptake, and Its Role in Environmental

Stress in Plants 85

Manuel Nieves-Cordones, Fernando Alemán, Mario Fon, Vicente Martínez, and Francisco Rubio

5 Temperature Stress and Responses of Plants 113

Anna Zróbek-Sokolnik

6 Responses and Management of Heat Stress in Plants 135

Abdul Wahid, Muhammad Farooq, Iqbal Hussain, Rizwan Rasheed, and Saddia Galani

7 Understanding Chilling Tolerance Traits Using

Arabidopsis Chilling-Sensitive Mutants 159

Dana Zoldan, Reza Shekaste Band, Charles L. Guy, and Ron Porat

8 Root Form and Function in Plant as an Adaptation to Changing Climate 175

Maria Rosa Abenavoli, Maria Rosaria Panuccio, and Agostino Sorgona

9 Reactive Oxygen Species and Nitric Oxide in Plants

Under Cadmium Stress: From Toxicity to Signaling 199

Luisa M. Sandalio, Maria Rodríguez-Serrano, Dharmendra K. Gupta, Angustias Archilla, Maria C. Romero-Puertas, and Luis A. del Río

10 Reactive Nitrogen Inflows and Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Agriculture: An Environment Perspective 217

Khalid Rehman Hakeem, Ruby Chandna, Altaf Ahmad, and Muhammad Iqbal

11 Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis and Other Plant-Soil Interactions in Relation to Environmental Stress 233

Patrick Audet

12 MicroRNAs and Their Role in Plants During

Abiotic Stresses 265

Praveen Guleria, Deepmala Goswami, Monika Mahajan, Vinay Kumar, Jyoti Bhardwaj, and Sudesh Kumar Yadav

13 Transcription Factors Involved in Environmental

Stress Responses in Plants 279

Haibo Xin, Feng Qin, and Lam-Son Phan Tran

14 Plant Signaling Under Abiotic Stress Environment 297

Parvaiz Ahmad, Renu Bhardwaj, and Narendra Tuteja

15 Calcium Signalling in Plant Cells Under

Environmental Stress 325

Sylvia Lindberg, Md. Abdul Kader, and Vladislav Yemelyanov

16 Role of H2O2 as Signaling Molecule in Plants 361

M.A. Matilla-Vázquez and A.J. Matilla

17 Role of Phytohormone Signaling During Stress 381

Mohammad Miransari

18 Ethylene and Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants 395

Elisa Gamalero and Bernard R. Glick

19 New Approaches to Study Metal-Induced Stress in Plants 413

M.C. Cia, F.R. Capaldi, R.F. Carvalho, P.L. Gratao, and R.A. Azevedo

20 Sulfur in the Alleviation of Cadmium-Induced

Oxidative Stress in Plants 429

Noushina Iqbal, Nafees A. Khan, Md. Iqbal R. Khan, Rahat Nazar, Asim Masood, and Shabina Syeed

21 Role of Salicylic Acid in Alleviating Heavy Metal Stress 447

Losanka P. Popova, Liliana T. Maslenkova, Albena Ivanova, and Zhivka Stoinova

22 Bioremediation and Mitigation of Organic

Contaminants in the Era of Climate Changes 467

Laura Coppola, Edoardo Puglisi, Costantino Vischetti, and Marco Trevisan

23 Exploitation of Weeds and Ornamentals for Bioremediation of Metalliferous Substrates in the Era of Climate Change 487

Index 509

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