The Plant Hormone Ethylene

The Plant Hormone Ethylene

Stress Acclimation and Agricultural Applications

1st Edition - December 5, 2022

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  • Editors: Nafees Khan, Antonio Ferrante, Sergi Munné-Bosch
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323898027
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323858465

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The Plant Hormone Ethylene: Stress Acclimation and Agricultural Applications presents current knowledge on our understanding of ethylene perception and signaling, its role in the regulation of plant physiological processes, and its contribution to acclimation in stressful environments. Plants regularly face environmental constraints due to their immobile nature. In persistently changing environmental conditions, several stress factors influence cellular metabolism, ultimately causing reduced plant growth and development with a significant loss in agricultural productivity. Sustainable agriculture depends on the acclimation of plant processes to the changing environment through altered physiological and molecular responses, which are controlled by plant hormones, including ethylene. Ethylene interacts with other plant hormones and signaling molecules to regulate several cellular processes, plant growth and development, and, ultimately, crop productivity. This book begins with an introduction to ethylene before providing a detailed study of the latest findings on the role of ethylene in plants, including its role in photosynthetic processes, flower development, leaf senescence, nutrients acquisition, and regulation of abiotic stress responses as well as its application in agriculture. The book is an ideal guide for researchers exploring plant physiology and biochemistry as well as for those investigating the use of ethylene knowledge in agriculture in persistently changing environmental conditions.

Key Features

  • Provides state-of-the art insights into ethylene-regulated photosynthesis, growth, and productivity in crop plants
  • Presents regulatory mechanisms of ethylene action
  • Assists in developing physiomolecular strategies for augmenting crop performance in persistently changing environmental conditions


Agronomists and horticulturists for field amendments for improved performance of crops. Agro-chemical industries, Molecular biologists dealing with genome editing, transgenics, marker assisted selection for augmented productivity of crops. Students and Researchers of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

Table of Contents

  • 1. Ethylene: A small signaling molecule with diverse roles
    2. Ethylene in Chloroplast Development and Photosynthetic Performance
    3. Ethylene in Photosynthate Partitioning and Source-Sink Modulation in Agricultural Crops
    4. Ethylene in the Regulation of Seed Dormancy and Germination: Molecular Mechanisms
    5. Ethylene in the Regulation of Seed Dormancy and Germination: Biodiversity Matters
    6. Ethylene as a plant ageing modulator
    7. Ethylene in the Regulation of Major Biotechnological Processes
    8. Ethylene in Horticulture Crops
    9. Ethylene in Floriculture
    10. Ethylene and cellular redox management in plant
    11. Ethylene as a Modulator of Redox Reaction
    12. Ethylene Interplay with Metabolites in Crops
    13. Crosstalk between ethylene and mineral nutrients in regulation of morpho-physiological traits and nutrients homeostasis in plants
    14. Ethylene in Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Crops
    15. Ethylene and Biotic Stress in Crops

Product details

  • No. of pages: 248
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: December 5, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323898027
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323858465

About the Editors

Nafees Khan

Nafees A. Khan is Professor of Plant Physiology in the Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India since 2006. He has received several accolades, including the UGC Research Award, Scientist of the Year Award, Distinguished Scientist Award, UGC Mid-Career Award, Teaching Excellence Award, and Innovation and Research Excellence Award. Dr. Khan was recognized by Web of Science in their 2019, 2020, and 2021 Highly Cited Researcher lists. He has published 170 research papers/review articles/book chapters and has edited 16 books. Dr. Khan has also guided numerous doctorate students on various physiobiochemical aspects of phytohormones, especially ethylene.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Plant Physiology and Chairman, Botany Department, Aligarh Muslim University, India

Antonio Ferrante

Antonio Ferrante holds a PhD in advanced technologies in horticultural science from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa Italy. He was a visiting researcher at the University California, Davis, and a visiting teaching professor with ERASMUS program in Cardiff University (2015) and Almeria University (2017) and has been a member of the scientific committee of several international conferences. He has authored more than 200 international publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, University of Milan, Italy

Sergi Munné-Bosch

Sergi Munné-Bosch has been a full professor at the University of Barcelona, Spain since 2017 and holds a PhD in plant physiology from the same institution. He has previously served as a research scientist abroad, including the University of Hannover (Germany), University of Fukuyama (Japan), and University of Virginia (USA), among others. The Catalan Government awarded him the ICREA Academia Award in 2008, 2014 and 2020. He is currently an Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal titled Environmental and Experimental Botany.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor, Plant Physiology, University of Barcelona, Spain

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