Special Issue "Biochemical and Molecular Mechanisms of Cultivar-Dependent Heavy Metal Accumulations in Crops"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Soils".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 June 2023) | Viewed by 125

Special Issue Editors

School of Life Science, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510006, China
Interests: cadmium accumulation in crops; selection or breeding of low-Cd cultivars of crops; control of heavy metal pollution in crops; remediation of heavy metal contaminated agricultural soil; crop rotation; management of agricultural ecosystem
School of Agriculture, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
Interests: Cd accumulation; crop breeding; Cd transportation; secondary metabolism; leafy vegetables; agricultural pollution control
School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Hunan Institute of Technology, Hengyang 421002, China
Interests: heavy metal; uptake and translocation; agro-product safety; soil environment; genotypic difference

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Heavy metal (HM) pollution in different crops is raised along with soil pollution, which brings worldwide concerns about food safety. To guarantee continuous safe use of low HM contaminated soil, valuable knowledge to understand effective control of HM pollution in edible crops are obtained in past decades. Among them, agricultural management such as irrigation and cropping patterns, soil conditioners and microbial agents are effective strategies to maintain lower HM accumulation with additional cost. Researchers also focused on crop cultivars with low HM accumulation capacity, which is promising in safer and lower-cost production of edible crops. The latest findings about the cultivar-dependent HM accumulation mechanisms in crops as well as the solution in the breeding of the crop cultivars with low HM accumulation capacity would be addressed in this issue.

This Special Issue mainly focuses on the inner mechanisms of HM accumulations in crops, which would contribute to our understanding of the critical biochemical and molecular processes in HM pollutions of crops. Also, studies about novel solutions in the breeding of crop cultivars with low HM accumulation capacity raise our concerns. Therefore, we welcome high-quality studies from disparate research fields including molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, agriculture, crop science, environmental science, biotechnology etc. Original research articles and reviews are accepted.         

Prof. Dr. Zhongyi Yang
Dr. Chuntao He
Prof. Dr. Junliang Xin
Guest Editors

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  • heavy metal
  • cultivar
  • crop
  • mechanism
  • breeding

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