Chapter 10

Plant Responses to Metal Stress

The Emerging Role of Plant Growth Hormones in Toxicity Alleviation

Savita Gangwar, Vijay Pratap Singh, Durgesh Kumar Tripathi, Devendra Kumar Chauhan, Sheo Mohan Prasad and Jagat Narayan Maurya

Natural and anthropogenic activities increase the input of heavy metals into the soil and water, which has resulted in the widespread occurrence of metal contamination of ecosystems. Heavy metal not only causes a decline in plant growth but also threatens the health of humans and animals via the food chain. Previous studies have established that heavy metals, essential as well as nonessential, cause a significant decrease of growth and biomass accumulation directly as well as indirectly. Thus, heavy metals lead ...

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