Special Issue "Biotic and Abiotic Stresses in Crop Plants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.
Interests: plant reproduction; stress biology; epigenetics; bioinformatics; cereals
The impact of environmental stresses on plant development and productivity has long been recognized as a major agricultural challenge. In order to cope with increasing demands for crop production, it is necessary to understand how plants respond to biotic and abiotic stresses. The impact of biotic and abiotic stress spans many levels, including declines in productivity, reproductive and developmental costs, as well as disruption of key physiological, cellular, biochemical, molecular and epigenetic procesess. Many molecular-level responses are critical to achieving stress resilience during plant development and are promising targets for improving crop protection and productivity during biotic and abiotic stress periods. In adddition, considerable recent research highlights the importance of soil microbial communities and plant-associated microbiota in mediating stress responses (e.g., pest and pathogen resistance, drought tolerance). Thus, the interesting functional potential of plant microbiota to improve stress resilience provides an additional opportunity to address current challenges in crop production.
This Special Issue on biotic and abiotic stresses, therefore, seeks contributions which present the latest advances in understanding how plants respond to biotic stresses, including damage from insect feeding, bacterial and fungal infections, as well as abiotic stresses such as extreme temperatures, salinity, water limitation, flooding and heavy metals. Research which draws upon knowledge of crop stress responses to better inform and develop management approaches that support agroecosysem health as well as stress biology research at a population or ecosystem level are strongly encouraged. We welcome original research manuscripts, method papers, reviews and systematic reviews. These include perspectives on how to develop strategies that can be utilized to accelerate plant breeding and biotechnology to improve stress resilience and crop production.
Dr. Kevin Begcy
Dr. Laramy Enders
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Stress responses
- Abiotic stresses
- Biotic stresses
- Crop plants
- Model plants
- Plant–pathogen interaction
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.