Special Issue "Environmental Stress and Plants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.
Interests: cytoskeleton; cell wall; organelle movement; cell morphogenesis; plant reproduction; abiotic stress
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Due to their sessile nature, land plants are often exposed to a multitude of unfavorable, or even adverse, environmental conditions. Among them, abiotic stresses (such as salinity, drought, heat, cold, heavy metals, ozone, ultraviolet radiation, and nutrient deficiencies) are major constraints that affect plant development, growth, and reproduction and pose serious threats to plants’ life. The frequency, intensity, and duration of these adverse environmental conditions are predicted to be boosted by the alarming scenario of global warming with a negative impact on crop yield and therefore on food production. Plants respond to abiotic stresses by changing many aspects, from gene expression to plant physiology and architecture through primary and secondary metabolism. These complex changes allow plants to tolerate and/or adapt to adverse conditions. The complexity of the plant response is further increased by evidence that it can be affected by several factors, including the duration and intensity of stress, the plant genotype, the simultaneous occurrence of different stresses, and the developmental stages at which the plant perceives stress. Considering how complex the response of plants is and how it can be modified by a number of other factors, it is important to gain a deeper understanding of how plants feel stressful conditions and how they respond and adapt (both in natural and anthropized environments). New knowledge acquired through the research of abiotic stress tolerance mechanisms will help in the application of stress-responsive determinants and in engineering plants with enhanced tolerance to stress. This is of importance in the scenario of future environmental changes and the progressive increase in the human population.
This Special Issue aims to collect scientific contributions (in the form of reviews or original articles) that can gain more insight into the effects of single and combined abiotic stresses on plant functioning at cell, tissue, organ, and whole plant level. Apart from the general subject of the Special Issue, there are no particular constraints, and authors are invited to submit articles on topics that can describe the response/adaptation of plants to individual and combined abiotic stresses, including the relevance of stress priming and stress memory in plants. Articles or reviews that, in addition to describing the effects of abiotic stress on plants, highlight possible solutions in terms of new genotypes or new molecular responses (both naturally present and induced by biotechnological approaches) are of particular interest. Authors are also encouraged to submit articles where use is made of multiplex approaches ranging from molecular biology to biochemistry and physiology to better elucidate plant responses to adverse stimuli.
Prof. Dr. Giampiero Cai
Dr. Luigi Parrotta
Dr. Lavinia Mareri
Manuscript Submission Information
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- combined abiotic stress
- priming and stress memory
- heat stress
- cold stress
- UV radiation
- nutrient deficiency/toxicity