Advances in Heavy Metal-Induced Stress Alleviation with Respect to Exogenous Amendments in Crop Plants

  • Bedabrata Saha
  • Bhaben Chowardhara
  • Saradia Kar
  • Sanjenbam Sanjibia Devi
  • Jay Prakash Awasthi
  • Debojyoti Moulick
  • Bhaben Tanti
  • Sanjib Kumar Panda


Heavy metal contamination of soil due to rapid industrialization and urbanization is an exponentially increasing menace, rendering hectares of arable land barren. Adding to the problem is the global climate change which sums up to the challenge of providing food security and meeting the global sustainability goals. Heavy metals like Cd, Pb, Hg, and As (non essential) and Fe, Mn, Zn, Cr, Cu, and Ni (essential) when present in abnormal amounts in the environment pose a serious threat to growth and yield of crop plants. Various stress factors including heavy metals result in exaggerated synthesis of reactive oxygen species (ROS) causing immense metabolic imbalance in plants. Plants possess both enzymatic and non-enzymatic processes to reduce the load of oxidative stress, but many times, it doesn’t suffice. The scope of this chapter centers around the recent strives made in the field of heavy metal-induced heavy metal stress mitigation in crop plants. This chapter specially focuses on exogenous amendments (organic, inorganic, and microbial) to induce stress adaptation in crop plants.


Toxic metal Abiotic stress Cross tolerance Phytohormones Biostimulant 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bedabrata Saha
    • 1
  • Bhaben Chowardhara
    • 1
  • Saradia Kar
    • 1
  • Sanjenbam Sanjibia Devi
    • 1
  • Jay Prakash Awasthi
    • 1
  • Debojyoti Moulick
    • 1
  • Bhaben Tanti
    • 2
  • Sanjib Kumar Panda
    • 1
  1. 1.Plant Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Life Science and BioinformaticsAssam UniversitySilcharIndia
  2. 2.Department of BotanyGauhati UniversityGuwahatiIndia

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