Rachana Singh

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The environmental stress is a major area of scientific concern because it constraints plant as well as crop productivity. This situation has been further worsened by anthropogenic activities. Therefore, there is a much scientific saddle on researchers to enhance crop productivity under environmental stress in order to cope with the increasing food demands.(More)
Heavy metal contamination of soil and water causing toxicity/stress has become one important constraint to crop productivity and quality. This situation has further worsened by the increasing population growth and inherent food demand. It has been reported in several studies that counterbalancing toxicity due to heavy metal requires complex mechanisms at(More)
The exposure to low or high concentrations of arsenic (As), either due to the direct consumption of As contaminated drinking water, or indirectly through daily intake of As contaminated food may be fatal to the human health. Arsenic contamination in drinking water threatens more than 150 millions peoples all over the world. Around 110 millions of those(More)
The present study was undertaken to evaluate Cr(VI) toxicity tolerance in two Amaranthus species viz. Amaranthus viridis and Amaranthus cruentus exposed to hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)] stress. To ascertain this, both Amaranthus species were grown under various concentrations (0, 10 and 50 μM) of Cr(VI) in the hydroponic system. After 7 days of Cr(VI)(More)
The present study assessed the comparative responses of two agronomic species of Azolla (A.microphylla and A. pinnata) exposed to man-made and natural stressors by evaluating biomass accumulation, pigments (chlorophyll a and b and carotenoid contents), photosynthetic activity and nitrogen metabolism. The study was carried out in field where two species of(More)
In the present study, the impact of low fluence rate of UV-B (0.045 W.m−2) on biomass production, photosynthetic pigments (chlorophyll a, carotenoids, and phycobiliproteins), chlorophyll fluorescence, nonenzymatic antioxidants: proline, ascorbate, cysteine, and nonprotein thiols, total phenolic contents, and antioxidant potential (radical scavenging(More)
Modern agriculture is facing significant challenges due to the high complexity of field conditions caused not only by currently ongoing global climatic change but also by stress combinations. Recent research is focusing on the molecular mechanisms controlling stress responses in plants. Many efforts have been made to uncover the complex but well-coordinated(More)
The critical source of information in plants is light, which is perceived by receptors present in plants and animals. Receptors present in plant and animal system regulate important processes, and knowing the chromophores and signalling domains for each receptor could pave a way to trace out links between these receptors. The signalling mechanism for each(More)
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are generated inevitably in the redox reactions of plants, including respiration and photosynthesis. In earlier studies, ROS were considered as toxic by-products of aerobic pathways of the metabolism. But in recent years, concept about ROS has changed because they also participate in developmental processes of plants by acting(More)
Cyanobacteria and algae having complex photosynthetic systems can channelize absorbed solar energy into other forms of energy for production of food and metabolites. In addition, they are promising biocatalysts and can be used in the field of "white biotechnology" for enhancing the sustainable production of food, metabolites, and green energy sources such(More)