Chemical Stress on Plants

  • Rachana Dubey
  • Dipak Kumar Gupta
  • Gulshan Kumar Sharma


Chemical stress in plants due to micronutrient deficiency or toxicity, heavy metal and air pollutant can affect the crop growth and development and hampers its productivity and restricts the crop from reaching its full yield potential. Micronutrients play important role in several enzymatic reactions in the plants. However, intensive agriculture, imbalanced fertilizer application and negligence of micronutrient application to the soil have led worldwide micronutrient deficiencies in the agricultural soil. Deficiency or excess of these elements cause several plant disorder or stress. Therefore, understanding of role of micronutrients in plants and stress due to their deficiency and toxicity is necessary for better crop production. Heavy metals are non-degradable and accumulate in our soil, water and crops and finally reach us. Remediation of these heavy metal is necessary with emphasis on reduction, reuse and recycle of these metals and at the same time bioremediation including phytoremediation should be devised which is environmental friendly to tackle the increasing menace in environment. Air pollutants and emerging contaminants are new stress which are impacting crop production and their detail understanding is further required with location-specific remediation measures.


Above ground biomass Nutritional deficiency Oxidative stress Heavy metal pollution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rachana Dubey
    • 1
  • Dipak Kumar Gupta
    • 2
  • Gulshan Kumar Sharma
    • 3
  1. 1.ICAR-Indian Institute of Water ManagementBhubaneswarIndia
  2. 2.ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Regional Research StationPali-MarwarIndia
  3. 3.National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, Regional CentreJorhatIndia

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