Plant environmental (abiotic) stress constitutes a major limitation to agricultural production and the farmer’s livelihood. Crop production is hardly ever free of environmental stress and projected climate change, increased the intensity of higher temperatures and erratic climate events across extensive regions of the planet. The major plant environmental stresses of contemporary economical importance worldwide are drought, salinity, heat, cold, soil mineral deficiency, soil mineral toxicity and their combinations. 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. Thus breeding of crop plants with enhanced yield potential and improved resilience to stressful environments is crucial for global food security.
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.
The PlantStress website aim 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.
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A tribute to Abraham Blum
Abraham Blum passed away on 10 March 2018, at the age of 84 years. During his five-decades-long career, he published two influential books (Blum 1988, 2011) and over 150 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, the vast majority of which focused on the functional basis of drought tolerance in cereals as related to proxy traits involved in the adaptive response to water deficit.