Sustainable Plant Nutrition

Sustainable Plant Nutrition

Molecular Interventions and Advancements for Crop Improvement

1st Edition - October 20, 2022

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  • Editors: Tariq Aftab, Khalid Hakeem
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780443186752
  • eBook ISBN: 9780443186769

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Sustainable Plant Nutrition: Molecular Interventions and Advancements for Crop Improvement explores the significant opportunities for sustainable, eco-friendly approaches in plant nutrition and agricultural crop production. The book highlights the various prospects involved in optimizing plant nutrient uptake agriculture and includes chapters representing diverse areas dealing with biotechnology, nanotechnology, molecular biology, proteomics, genomics and metabolomics. This book is an ideal resource for those seeking to ensure a sustainable plant production future. While plants have evolved a set of elaborate mechanisms to cope with nutrient limitations, the traditional supplementation by the application of fertilizers to plant productivity may then lead to overfertilization which can actually reduce plant growth and have adverse effects on the environment. To tackle these issues, a detailed understanding of the responses of plants to nutrients and nutrient deficiency at the physiological, metabolic, transcriptome and epigenetic level is essential.

Key Features

  • Illustrates the central role of sustainable plant nutrition to address current and future challenges
  • Presents global insights and research ranging from signaling to sensing and translational research
  • Provides a forward-looking perspective for future plans of action


Researchers, academics and advanced level students in agriculture and plant science. Those focused on plant mineral nutrition, sensing and signaling as well as agricultural sustainability

Table of Contents

  • 1. Plant nutrition and soil fertility: Physiological and molecular avenues for crop improvement
    2. Nutrient acquisition, transport and metabolism within the plant cells
    3. Molecular basis of plant nutrient use efficiency - concepts and challenges for its improvement
    4. Role of mineral nutrients in biological nitrogen fixation
    5. Physiological and molecular aspects of macronutrient uptake by higher plants
    6. Physiological and molecular aspects of micronutrient uptake by higher plants
    7. Physiological, molecular and epigenetic revelations in nutrient requirement status of crops influenced by intercropping
    8. Nutrient sensing in plants
    9. Use of nano-fertilizers to improve the nutrient use efficiencies
    10. Why and how to prevent over-fertilization for sustainable crop productivity
    11. Molecular basis of abiotic stress alleviation by micronutrients
    12. Nutrient dependent regulation of root architecture
    13. Phytohormone dependant regulation of mineral nutrients in plants
    14. Strategies for enhancing nitrogen and phosphorus efficiency in crop production systems
    15. Metabolite flux analysis to understand effects of mineral nutrition on crop physiology
    16. Role of microorganisms in plant nutrition and soil health
    17. Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria and root system functioning
    18. Regulation of expression of genes encoding nutrient transporters in higher plants
    19. Improving nutrient use efficiency by exploiting genetic engineering of crops
    20. Role of inorganic biostimulants and beneficial elements in improving nutrient uses efficiency in crops

Product details

  • No. of pages: 430
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: October 20, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780443186752
  • eBook ISBN: 9780443186769

About the Editors

Tariq Aftab

Tariq Aftab received a Ph.D. degree in the Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, India, and is currently an Assistant Professor there. He received prestigious Leibniz-DAAD fellowship from Germany, a Raman Fellowship from the Government of India, and Young Scientist Awards from the State Government of Uttar Pradesh and Government of India. He has worked as Visiting Scientist at IPK, Gatersleben, Germany, and in the Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University, United States. He has edited 14 books with international publishers, including Elsevier Inc., Springer Nature, and CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group), co-authored several book chapters, and published over 65 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals. His research interests include physiological, proteomic, and molecular studies on medicinal and crop plants.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India

Khalid Hakeem

Khalid Rehman Hakeem is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia. He has more than 12 years of experience in plant eco-physiology, biotechnology and molecular biology, medicinal plant research, plant-microbe-soil interactions as well as in environmental studies. He has edited 60 books, authored 65 book chapters, and produced over 120 research publications with international publishers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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