With contributions that review research on this topic throughout the world, Oxidative Damage to Plants covers key areas of discovery, from the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROSs), their mechanisms, quenching of these ROSs through enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants, and detailed aspects of such antioxidants as SOD and CAT.

Environmental stress is responsible for the generation of oxidative stress, which causes oxidative damage to biomolecules and hence reduces crop yield. To cope up with these problems, scientists have to fully understand the generation of reactive oxygen species, its impact on plants and how plants will be able to withstand these stresses.

Key Features

  • Provides invaluable information about the role of antioxidants in alleviating oxidative stress
  • Examines both the negative effects (senescence, impaired photosynthesis and necrosis) and positive effects (crucial role that superoxide plays against invading microbes) of ROS on plants
  • Features contributors from a variety of regions globally


Researchers, academics and students in plant ecophysiology, plant biochemistry, plant molecular biology, plant pathology, environmental sciences, and agronomy.

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List of Contributors

Chapter 1. Reactive Oxygen Species and Photosynthesis

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Photosynthesis: Light Reactions

1.3 Photosynthesis: Carbon reactions and Photorespiration

1.4 Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS)

1.5 Protection of Photosynthetic Plants against Ros

1.6 Redox and ROS Signaling

1.7 ROS Metabolism in Photosynthesizing Organisms: From an Evolutionary Point of View

1.8 Conclusions


Chapter 2. Reactive Oxygen Species and Plant Hormones

2.1 Introduction

2.2 ROS in Plant Signaling

2.3 ROS and Hormone Signaling in Seed Germination

2.4 ROS, Hormones, and Abiotic Stresses

2.5 Conclusions



Chapter 3. Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) and Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants: An Overview

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Abiotic Stress Factors and Oxidative Stress

3.3 Antioxidative Responses, Stress Tolerance in Plants

3.4 SOD and Abiotic Stress Factors

3.5 Conclusions



Chapter 4. Catalase: A Versatile Antioxidant in Plants

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Oxidative Stress

4.3 H2O2 An Effective Ros Produced in Plants: Production and Toxicity

4.4 Antioxidant System Against H2O2

4.5 Catalase: A Potent Antioxidant in Plants

4.6 Conclusions



Chapter 5. Role of Glutathione in Abiotic Stress Tolerance

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Plants Under Various Abiotic Stresses

5.3 Tolerance to Abiotic Stresses

5.4 Glutathione

5.5 Changes of Glutathione Content in Various Plants Under Abiotic Stress

5.6 Conclusions


Chapter 6. Glutathione Metabolism in


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About the editor

Parvaiz Ahmad

Dr. Parvaiz Ahmad is the Senior Assistant Professor in Department of Botany at Sri Pratap College, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India. He completed his postgraduate education in Botany in 2000 at Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India. After receiving a Doctorate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India, he joined the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, in 2007. His main research area is Stress Physiology and Molecular Biology. He has published more than 35 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and 29 book chapters. He is also an Editor of 12 volumes (1 with Studium Press Pvt. India Ltd., New Delhi, India, 8 with Springer NY USA and 3 with Elsevier). He is a recipient of the Junior Research Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship by CSIR, New Delhi, India. Dr. Parvaiz has been awarded the Young Scientist Award under the Fast Track scheme in 2007 by the Department of Science and Technology, of the Government of India. Dr. Parvaiz is actively engaged in studying the molecular and physio-biochemical responses of different agricultural and horticultural plants under environmental stress.