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Plant Physiology: Fundamentals and Applications

Arvind Kumar (Editor) S S Purohit (Author)
New information keeps on expanding and enriching every sphere of knowledge. Plant Physiology is more like a rule of this dictum. The primary motivation for preparing this text was our own need for organizing a document on the subject that presents the current scenario of advancements in fundamental concepts and the perspectives of application.

Amidst our endeavour, we came across a quotation of Albert Einstein. It conveyed the need of equal emphasis on fundamentals and applied aspects. Further, it projected a new dimension that possibly, concerns for mankind and fate of mankind are located at temporally segregated scales. A common set of priorities may not serve the man and his fate at the same time. Consequently, references to green revolution and sustainability have appeared in descriptions pertaining to role of plant physiology in agriculture (Chapter 1 and 35). These Chapters are likely to inculcate interest in students. The concepts pertaining to cell structure and function have been dealt with in Chapter 2.

Biochemistry often prevails over Bio-physics in books on plant physiology. Present book is slightly tilted in favour of biophysics. In addition to an independent description, Chapters on water relations arid photosynthesis also deal with biophysical aspects of water fluxes and photon induced electron transfer. The dynamic scenario in the areas of Inorganic transport, Organic transport and Transpiration have been discussed. The biochemical understanding of processes have been depicted in photosynthesis and photorespiration and Nitrogen metabolism. Physiology of Plant growth and development has evolved over a dichotomous path. Along with the conceptual advances in plant growth, plant growth regulators (Auxins, Gibberellins, Cytokinins, Abscisic acid and Ethylene) Seed physiology, Physiology and flowering, Photomorphogenesis, Fruit ripening and Senescence and their applied dimensions have been discussed in detail. A separate chapter have been included on Plant physiology in agriculture and industry. This Chapter also encompasses modern strides in biotechnology viz. cellular factories and molecular farming, and concerns for sustainable agriculture. Movements in plants, Circadian rhythms, and Physiology of abiotic stresses are the topics of current interest. The molecular aspects of these physiological activities have been added in this new edition.
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About the authors

Arvind Kumar

Dr. Arvind Kumar (b. 23-03-1953), University Professor, Department of Zoology, S.K. University, Dumka has 24 years' experience as an outstanding teacher and researcher. He is a recipient of National Merit Scholarship all through his college and university years and got meritorial fellowship of CSIR, New Delhi. He has been awarded Professor W.A. Nizami Gold Medal by the Zoological Society of India in 2000during 11th annual Congress. He did his M. Sc. In Zoology in 1976 and Ph.D. in 1982 on Eco-Physiology of Aquatic Insect from Bhagalpur University. He has done pioneering work in the field of limnology, aquatic insect ecology, biodiversity, conservation and tribal ecology. Dr. Kumar has successfully guided more than 11 research scholars for Ph.D. and got more than 205 research articles and reviews published in reputed national and international journals. He has authored/ edited more than 15 books and is also on the Editorial Board of more than a dozen esteemed national and international journal. Dr Kumar is a fellow, life-member and member of number of organizations and is also working as office bearer of some of them. Dr. Kumar has charied a number of sessions of different seminars/ symposia. He was also made convener of the National Symposium organized by S.K. University in 1998. He has been invited to different Universities, such as, University of Madras, Chennai, Dr. R.M.L. Avadh University, Faizabad, etc. to deliver lectures' on different topics of Environmental Sciences. Presently, Dr. Kumar is the Charman of Board of Environment Impact Assessment & Ecoplanning, Jharkhand, President of Tribal Ecoconservation Society ad Secretary General of Society of Environmental Sciences. He is also the Chief Editor of Journal of Current Sciences and the Editor of Indian Journal of Environment and Ecoplanning. Professor Kumar has visited Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy & Vienna in 2005 and China, Japan & Singapore in 2006 in order to deliver lectures during international symposia.  He is a fellow, life member and member of number of organizations and is also working as office organizations and is also working as office bearer of some of them.  Dr. Kumar has chaired a number of sessions of different seminars/symposia in India and abroad.  He has been editing there international scientific journals at a time regularly since more than fifteen years and is Editor-in-Chief of The Ekologia , Chief Editor of Journal of Current Sciences & Editor of Indian Journal of Environment and Ecoplanning.  Dr. Kumar is also the hon'ble member, Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board, Ranchi.

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S S Purohit

Dr. S.S. Purohit (b. July, 1948) obtained M.Sc. (Gold Medal) and Ph.D. in Botany from Udaipur University, Udaipur. He was guest scientist in various foreign universities. He has 30 years of teaching experience of UG and PG students specially Plant Physiology and Biotechnology. He has guided 12 M. Phil and 5 Ph.D. students. He is a well known author of 30 nooks of national and international repute. He has edited an International series entitled: Hormonal Regulation of Plant Growth and Development in Six Volumes and two Volumes have been reprinted by W. Junk Publishers, Holland. Presently he is the Managing Director of Agrobios (India) and Chief Editor Agrobios News Letter.

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Bibliographic information

Title Plant Physiology: Fundamentals and Applications
Format Hardcover
Date published: 24.06.2011
Edition 2nd ed.
Publisher Agrobios (India)
Language: English
isbn 8177540947, 9788177540949
length xxiv+776p., Figures; Tables; Graphs; Glossary; Index; 24cm.