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Table 1 Estimates of the impacts of abiotic stresses on crop production and published research.

From: Effects of abiotic stress on plants: a systems biology perspective

Stress Type % of global land area affected* % of global rural land area affected** Number of Publications***
Abiotic Stress   96.5 35,363
Water    4819
   Deficit or Drought 64 16 4137
   Flooding or Anoxia 13 10 682
Temperature    9715
   Cold 57 26 3798
   Chilling    187
   Freezing    350
   High or heat    5380
Light    7659
   Low    3081
   High    4578
Chemical/Soil   50 12391
   Salt or salinity 6 6 3498
   Mineral deficiency or low fertility 9 39 222
   Mineral toxicity    437
   Acid soil 15   3646
   Air pollutants    
Ozone    1369
Sulfur dioxide    378
NOx oxide    2001
Elevated CO2    840
Miscellaneous (e.g. wind, mechanical, etc.)    779
  1. *based on FAO World Soil Resources Report 2000 ftp://ftp.fao.org/agl/agll/docs/wsr.pdf.
  2. ** based on Tables three point six and three point seven of 2007 FAO Report http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/a1075e/a1075e00.htm
  3. *** data based on simple searches in PubMed between 2001 and July 7, 2011.