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Silicon: A Sustainable Tool in Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants

  • Chanchal Malhotra
  • Riti Thapar KapoorEmail author
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Abstract

Silicon is known as an anti-stress agent and its protecting role against a wide range of environmental stresses such as drought, frost, salinity, high temperature, and heavy metal toxicity is well recognized. Silicon increases crop productivity and improves crop quality while the lack of this element reduces plant’s biological ability to withstand the adverse environmental conditions. Silicon is non-corrossive, non-pollutive, and not detrimental to plants even when applied in excess. Silicon fertilizer can provide economic as well as ecological benefits to plant growers. Hence, concerted efforts in the area of silicon research can lead to its accelerated and improved application in the form of fertilizer for sustainable agriculture.

Keywords

Abiotic stress Antioxidative defense system Crop plants Reactive oxygen species (ROS) Silicon 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Authors are thankful to Dr. Chanderdeep Tandon, Director, Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University, Noida, for his persistent encouragement and valuable suggestions.

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  1. 1.Plant Physiology Laboratory, Amity Institute of BiotechnologyAmity UniversityNoidaIndia

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