The Plant Hormone Ethylene

The Plant Hormone Ethylene

Stress Acclimation and Agricultural Applications

1st Edition - June 1, 2022

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

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The Plant Hormone Ethylene: Stress Acclimation and Agricultural Applications presents current knowledge on our understanding of ethylene reception and signaling, its role in the regulation of plant physiological processes, and its contribution to acclimation in stressful environments. 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, the simplest alkene, is also known as “the volatile hormone,” one of the most critical hormones in plants. It is a signaling molecule with the ability to modulate several responses at the molecular level in plants, from various processes related to plant growth and development (from seed germination to senescence), to several responses to changing environmental conditions (including both biotic and abiotic stresses). As a plant hormone involved in several physiological and biochemical processes that are tightly connected with the yield of agriculture crops, ethylene can interact with primary and secondary metabolism of plants affecting both yield and quality.

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 physio-molecular strategies for augmenting crop performance in changing climates


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 Biosynthesis, Signalling and Action Mechanism
    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 Plant Ageing and Leaf Senescence
    6. Ethylene in the Regulation of Major Biotechnological Processes
    7. Ethylene in Horticulture Crops
    8. Ethylene in Floriculture
    9. Ethylene in Mineral Nutrients Homeostasis and Osmoregulation in Agricultural Crops
    10. Ethylene as a Modulator of Redox Reactions and the Antioxidant System
    11. Ethylene Interplay with Metabolites in Crops
    12. Ethylene Interaction with other Phytohormones and Signalling Molecules
    13. Ethylene in Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Crops
    14. Ethylene and Biotic Stress in Crops

Product details

  • No. of pages: 270
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: June 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323858465

About the Editors

Nafees Khan

Dr. Nafees A. Khan, Professor of Plant Physiology and Chairman, Botany Department, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh is an authority on phytohormonal regulation of growth and augmentation of productivity of edible oil and seed legume crops. His work on amelioration of carbon assimilation and partitioning under various regimes and underlying their biochemical mechanisms has established him as a globally prudent researcher and excellent teacher. Dr Khan has received several accolades; notable among them are SERC Visiting Fellowship, Distinguished Scientist Award, UGC Mid-Career Award, etc. He has published 170 research papers/ review articles/ book chapters with a very high global citation (Cumulative citation 11725, h-index 50, i10 index 212), edited 16 books Dr. Khan has also guided 18 doctorate students on various physio-biochemical aspects of phytohormones, especially ethylene.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Antonio Ferrante

Prof. (Dr.) Antonio Ferrante is an Associate Professor at the University of Milan, Italy, having earned a Ph.D. degree in advanced technology in horticultural science at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA). He was a visiting teaching professor with ERASMUS program at Cardiff University and Almeria University and has been a member of the scientific committee of several international conferences. He has been invited as a speaker in international congress in postharvest physiology of ornamentals and fresh-cut vegetables. He is a Member of the Italian Horticultural Society since 2001 and President of the Floriculture and Vegetable section (2019-present), International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS) since 2004, and Society of Experimental Botany since 2016. He serves as Associated Editor of Frontiers in Plant Sciences Crop and Product Physiology and has authored more than 200 international publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, University of Milan, Italy

Sergi Munné-Bosch

Prof. Sergi Munne-Bosch is a Full Professor of plant physiology and leads the runs ANTIOX research group from the University of Barcelona  Prof. Munne-Bosch has served as a research scientist abroad, including the University of Hannover (Germany), University of Fukuyama (Japan) and University of Virginia (United States), among others. The leads ANTIOX research group at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Barcelona which focuses on the study of the function of antioxidants in plants, plant ecophysiology and postharvest processes in plants. He was a recipient of the Plant Water Relations and Plant Physiology Awards, respectively, given by the Spanish Society of Plant Physiologists. He was twice a recipient of the ICREA Academia Award, given by the Catalan Government. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal “Environmental and Experimental Botany”.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor, Plant Physiology, University of Barcelona, Spain

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