Response and adaptation by plants to flooding stress

M.B. Jackson, Tim Colmer

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    Stress on plants imposed by flooding of the soil and deeper submergence constitutes one of the major abiotic constraints on growth, species' distribution and agricultural productivity. Flooding stress is also a strong driver of adaptive evolution. This has resulted in a wide range of biochemical, molecular and morphological adaptations that sanction growth and reproductive success under episodic or permanently flooded conditions that are highly damaging to the majority of plant species. However, even seemingly poorly adapted species possess some short-term resilience that is important for overall success of these plants in various habitats. The papers contained in this Special Issue address these topics and emphasize molecular, biochemical and developmental processes that impact on flooding tolerance. Most of the articles are based on lectures given to the 8th Conference of the International Society for Plant Anaerobiosis (ISPA), held at the University of Western Australia, Perth, 20-24 September, 2004. Reviews and research papers are presented from the leading laboratories currently working on plant responses to flooding stress.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)501-505
    JournalAnnals of Botany
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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