The Secret of Plants in the Environment by Rishikesh Upadhyay

This was a very different and pleasant surprise in my To Read pile.  I knew it was non-fiction but little else. Most of my family will laugh at me reading this book as I am known for my ability to kill plants quickly.  I am always amazed at people who seem to understand plants and even be connected to them.

This book challenged me in a positive way.  While the science had me recalling the few appropriate classes I took in college, the basis was sound and understandable, with a few exceptions.  Having lived in Texas for the last 30 years, I was very interested in Chapters 8 & 9, dealing with droughts and flash floods, something we experience regularly.  This is also a book that you can read specific chapters independently if you only wish to learn about a particular aspect.

At the end, the author provides an extensive Index to make finding specific items easy.  He also provides a nice list of suggested readings to further your knowledge.

I found it enjoyable to challenge my brain and at the same time, learn. Maybe there is a chance that I too, can connect with the flora that inhabits my corner of the world.

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Plants are sessile organisms that are unable to move but face the challenge of ever-changing or adverse environments. The study of the development of environmental changes in tolerant plants is fundamental for the maintenance and streamlining of high crop yields and plant adaptation in natural environments. The identification of genes that lead to changes or stress tolerance is urgently needed for the growth and development of plants in their natural environment. The Secret of Plants in the ENVIRONMENT addresses environmental concerns such as the different types of stress situations and plant adaptation to changing environments, including the positive and negative effects of stress on the growth of crops, the beginning stages of plant life cycles, and plant output. This book seeks to discuss the impact of environmental changes or stress on plant life, environmental stress physiology, and adaptation mechanisms. It highlights the impact of environmental stresses on plants and crops under changing environments and gives a comprehensive overview of how plants respond to such environments. In addition, it serves as a helpful guide to the students of BSc, MSc and to all professionals engaged in teaching and research on environmental-related subjects. It dwells on some important aspects of environmental change or stress as the main issue affecting the survival of plants at the early stages of their life cycle. Hence, the author hopes that both early-career scientists and research scholars interested in pursuing environmental science to an advanced stage would also benefit from the important information discussed in this book.

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