–About Plantstress.com

This website has been conceived, constructed and administered by the late Dr. Abraham Blum (Publications) (Linkedin profile).

Description: InfographyPlant environmental (abiotic) stress constitutes a major limitation to agricultural production and the farmer's livelihood. Crop production is hardly ever free of environmental stress. The major plant environmental stresses of contemporary economical importance worldwide are drought, cold (chilling and freezing), heat, salinity, soil mineral deficiency and soil mineral toxicity.
While the "green revolution" indeed had an immense impact on agriculture since the 1960's, its benefits were limited mainly to farming under non-stress or moderately stressed conditions. For the farmers in stress prone agriculture that seriously lack in water, soil fertility, nutrient supply, and favorable weather, the "green revolution" had only a moderate impact and in some region no impact at all. A major challenge in agriculture practice and research today is how to cope with plant environmental stress in an economical and an environmentally sustainable approach.  ––

In recent years 'global warming' and its effect on crop plant production has become a very 'hot' issue. Solving this problem at the plant science level is almost exclusively a question of coping with plant stress. International agricultural and environmental research institutions now re-discover plant stress as a major component of the effect of global warming on local and global food production.

Research to meet these challenges is complex as it involves learning in widely different disciplines such as atmospheric sciences, soil science, plant physiology, biochemistry, genetics, plant breeding, molecular biology and agricultural engineering. The most successful cases of solution development by research in this area involved close interdisciplinary collaboration and integration. Such collaboration requires extensive exchange of knowledge and ideas pertaining to plants under stress. Regretfully the contemporary trend in agricultural and biological research is increased specialization and reduced wide interdisciplinary collaboration.


Henceforth, the purpose of this web site is to serve as a brokerage of information, a meeting place, a consultation facility and a source for professional update on the most important issues of plant environmental (abiotic) stress. While the site is dynamic and constantly updated it also offers basic educational materials to newcomers into this area who wish to use the site for learning. The most important goal of this web site is to promote interaction among those interested in solving the problem of plants under stress in agriculture, be it scientists, extension specialists, business people, administrators, policy makers or farmers.

Contributed material highly pertaining to the contents and purpose of this web site is welcomed. Please write the curator of the site. The decision to publish any contributed information on this site lies with the curator whereas the final responsibility for the submitted material is with the person submitting it.

Authors contributing articles to the ‘Stresses’ section

Author

Affiliation

Contributed Article

Dr. Abraham Blum

Professor Emeritus, The Volcani Center, Israel.

Drought stress

Dr. E. Delhaize

CSIRO Plant Industry, GPO Box 1600, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia. Email:  m.delhaize@pi.csiro.au.

Aluminum toxicity resistance

Dr.’s D.B. Fowler and A.E. Limin

University of Saskatchewan, , Centre for Crop Development, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8 Canada. Email: Brian.Fowler@usask.ca

Cold stress

Dr. A.E. Hall

Botany & Plant Sciences Department, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0124, USA. Email: aehall@ucrac1.ucr.edu

Heat stress

Dr. M.B. Jackson

School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UG, UK and Plant Ecophysiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Utrecht, Sorbonnelaan 16, 3584 CA Utrecht, The Netherlands. Email: mike.Jackson@bristol.ac.uk or m.b.Jackson@bio.uu.nl

Flooding stress

Dr.’s Surya Kant

and Uzi Kafkafi

Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel. Email: kafkafi@agri.huji.ac.il

Mineral deficiency stress

Dr. Rana Munns

CSIRO Division of Plant Industry, Canberra ACT, Australia. Email: R.Munns@csiro.au

Salinity stress

 

 

Below is a review of Plantstress.com in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, May 2007:

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