Cold Tolerance in Plants

Physiological, Molecular and Genetic Perspectives

  • Shabir Hussain Wani
  • Venura Herath

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Jigeesha Mukhopadhyay, Aryadeep Roychoudhury
    Pages 1-35
  3. Muhammad Qudrat Ullah Farooqi, Zahra Zahra, Ju Kyong Lee
    Pages 37-51
  4. Venura Herath
    Pages 53-64
  5. Mohammad Arif Ashraf, Abidur Rahman
    Pages 65-88
  6. Towseef Mohsin Bhat, Sana Choudhary, Nirala Ramchiary
    Pages 111-125
  7. Valentina Longo, Mohsen Janmohammadi, Lello Zolla, Sara Rinalducci
    Pages 127-157
  8. Elisabetta Frascaroli
    Pages 159-177
  9. Rohit Joshi, Balwant Singh, Viswanathan Chinnusamy
    Pages 179-195
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 197-203

About this book


Cold stress is one of the prevalent environmental stresses affecting crop productivity, particularly in temperate regions. Numerous plant types of tropical or subtropical origin are injured or killed by non-freezing low temperature, and display a range of symptoms of chilling injury such as chlorosis, necrosis, or growth retardation. In contrast, chilling tolerant species thrive well at such temperatures. To thrive under cold stress conditions, plants have evolved complex mechanisms to identify peripheral signals that allow them to counter varying environmental conditions. These mechanisms include stress perception, signal transduction, transcriptional activation of stress-responsive target genes, and synthesis of stress-related proteins and other molecules, which help plants to strive through adverse environmental conditions. Conventional breeding methods have met with limited success in improving the cold tolerance of important crop plants through inter-specific or inter-generic hybridization. A better understanding of physiological, biochemical and molecular responses and tolerance mechanisms, and discovery of novel stress-responsive pathways and genes may contribute to efficient engineering strategies that enhance cold stress tolerance. It is therefore imperative to accelerate the efforts to unravel the biochemical, physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying cold stress tolerance in plants.

Through this new book, we intend to integrate the contributions from plant scientists targeting cold stress tolerance mechanisms using physiological, biochemical, molecular, structural and systems biology approaches. It is hoped that this collection will serve as a reference source for those who are interested in or are actively engaged in cold stress research.


Abiotic Stress Transcriptional regulation Signal transduction Transgenics QTL Low Temperature

Editors and affiliations

  • Shabir Hussain Wani
    • 1
  • Venura Herath
    • 2
  1. 1.Mountain Research Centre for Field Crops Khudwani, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of KashmirSrinagarIndia
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural Biology, Faculty of AgricultureUniversity of PeradeniyaPeradeniyaSri Lanka

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