The Life of Plants in a Changing Environment (Book Review)

Disclaimer: I was contacted by the authors team to review the book. However, all the thoughts and opinions I have shared on this post are my own.

About The Author/Editor

Rishikesh Upadhyay PhD, also known as R K Upadhyay, was born and grew up in a small Nepalis’ hamlet, Bhanjung Basti via Mahadev Tilla, just a few kilometres of Haflong, the district headquarters of North Cachar Hills (now Dima Hasao district), India to Late Pitamber Upadhaya (father) and Nandakala (Bawni) Upadhaya (mother). His research and teaching works has focused largely on the environmental physiology, stress biology and biochemistry of plants. He has to his credit three years of post-graduate teaching experience at Assam University, India, and is the author of three books.

Dr. Upadhyay can also be reached online at –

Amazon Summary:

Plants experience stress due to environmental changes, either in biotic or abiotic form, during their life cycle. Non-heritable modifications in morphological, physiological or biochemical characteristics tend to reduce or decrease growth and productivity, and sometimes lead to death.

This book presents an exhaustive overview of the specific effects and modifications that could occur in this regards, and will serve to consolidate the ideas to promote standardisation of plant adaptation to these changes in the environment. This book returns to the facts of both biotic and abiotic stress, detailing an essential aspect of plant life in the context of stress response.

The text is a comprehensive, current reference that effectively addresses issues and concerns related to plant stress in natural environments. Although many reference books about abiotic stress and other environmental stresses have been published, they all exist in relative isolation from one another, covering only one specific topic. This book is, rather, a comprehensive review of all aspects of the responses of plants to changes in the environment.

My Thoughts

You are probably wondering why I decided to review a book about plants and did not turn down the offer since it’s so different than the things I usually read. I have also infamously declared (not really, I think I mentioned it like once on a post lol) that science is not my forte. Although, I appreciate science I’m not going to pretend like I’m very good at it or understand all of it.

Well it all started after I graduated university. I had so much fun learning new things that were so out of my norm and it sort of sucked that I wouldn’t do that anymore. So, I promised myself that even though I am done with university (for now) I am still going to keep learning new things. That’s why when I got the chance to review this book I took it and thought it would be interesting to learn something new that is just so different from anything I have learnt before.

Since I have already included the summary of the book above I won’t go into all that again but rather talk about some of the content I enjoyed most in the book. As we are fully aware, the environment is constantly changing and thanks to pollution not for the better. I knew that this effected wildlife as well as plants but never knew exactly how it effected plants. Therefore, my favourite chapters were “The Effects of Heavy Metal Pollution on Plants and their Tolerance Mechanisms” and “The Impact of Plastics on Plant Growth, Agricultural Crops, and Possible
Remedies.” Both chapters were really interesting and educational.

Since multiple scholars and writers have contributed to this book, it really gives us a lot of detailed information from experts in that field/specific topic which I thought was great. It also helps lighten the books content a little since it is quite a dense topic.

Although I was not exactly the target audience for this book I still very much enjoyed it because it was very insightful and I had a great time learning so many new things. I think anyone who is already interested in plants or botany. It is quite educational even for the common folk like myself because we always hear things about this topic but most of us don’t really think about it in too much detail. We know the basics about plants but not as much as we should considering plants are literally what keep us alive. If you want to branch out and learn something new this would be a great start!

Special thanks to the editor and the team for giving me the opportunity to read this book and learn so much new information.

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32 thoughts on “The Life of Plants in a Changing Environment (Book Review)

  1. This sounds like an interesting book to me – and I am no scientist, as well.
    We definitely need solutions that lift stress from our environment and who knows, maybe there is even more to learn for us while we observe Nature better.

    1. Yeah it is quite interesting and mostly easy to follow even for someone who is not in any way a scientist. Yes, solutions to help nature is always a good thing but I wish more would be implemented.

  2. Dr upadhyay sounds so good to hear
    Jk 😝
    I’ve checked the book on Amazon dot in, but hardcover is currently unavailable.
    I am saving this blog, so that I can remember about this book later.
    Me and my father would be interested in this book (not due to upadhyay thing 😅), due to plants

  3. Im late to this thread but it’s wonderful to see people investing the time to write these books. The moment has come to educate ourselves about plants, their requirements, and what we can do to aid in their struggle against exploitation, pollution, and destruction.

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