Brassinosteroids: Practical Applications in Agriculture and Human Health

Enhanced Tolerance to Heavy Metals

Author(s): Mohammad Yusuf, Shamsul Hayat, Qazi Fariduddin and Aqil Ahmad

Pp: 44-56 (13)

DOI: 10.2174/978160805298111201010044

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The studies discussed here include the effect of brassinosteroids (BRs) on seed germination, growth, and development, yield characteristics, nitrogen metabolism, including nitrate reductase activity, chlorophyll content, photosynthesis and antioxidant system of plants grown under different levels of heavy metals. This chapter is expected to provide an easy access to the pivotal role of BRs on heavy metal detoxification.

Keywords: 24-epibrassinolide (EBL), 28-homobrassinolide (HBL), heavy metal detoxification, heavy metal stress.

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