Special Issue "Plant-Microorganism Interactions and Phytoremediation"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2022 | Viewed by 224

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Miguel A. Quiñones
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Guest Editor
Department of Soil, Plant and Environmental Quality, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, ICA-CSIC, Serrano, 115-bis, 28006 Madrid, Spain
Interests: plant-microorganism beneficial interactions; legume-rhizobia symbiosis; abiotic stress; heavy metal phytoremediation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Soil pollution is increasing rapidly due to natural causes and anthropogenic activities. Contaminants, such as heavy metals/metalloids, accumulate in soils, degrade the ecosystem and pose a severe threat to the quality of crops. Furthermore, by entering the food chain, pollutants also endanger food and feed security, and public health. Until recently, soil remediation was based mainly on physicochemical techniques that were aggressive, expensive and often inefficient, and in the end led to further ecosystem deterioration. 

Phytoremediation is the removal and/or detoxification of soil pollutants by plants. Associated soil microorganisms potentially play a role in the plant’s ability to detoxify contaminants. Phytoremediation is a cheap, environmentally friendly and sustainable approach to the restoration of polluted soils. Plants may remediate soils through different strategies such as: (1) phytoextraction: the uptake of contaminants, translocation and accumulation in the aerial parts; (2) phytostabilization: the immobilization of pollutants in the rhizosphere or in the roots; (3) phytovolatilization: the uptake of contaminants, and the translocation and volatilization of less toxic forms through transpiration; and (4) phytofiltration: the removal of pollutants from surface waters. In recent years, phytoremediation has been the object of many studies, leading to the elucidation of mechanisms of plant tolerance and the accumulation and detoxification of contaminants. These involve transport systems, hormones, secondary metabolites, proteins, mRNAs, gene expression, etc. This knowledge is leading to the production of plants with enhanced phytoremediation capacity through breeding, interaction with microorganisms or genetic engineering.

The aim of this Special Issue is to gather recent advances in phytoremediation, from the elucidation of molecular mechanisms to its agronomical or environmental applications. Manuscripts dealing with the phytoremediation capacity of plants and/or soil microorganisms associated with their roots, the mechanisms involved and how this knowledge can help to improve the phytoremediation capacity of crops grown in contaminated soils will be considered for publication in this Special Issue.

Dr. Miguel A. Quiñones
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • contamination
  • abiotic stress
  • detoxification
  • tolerance
  • accumulation
  • translocation
  • rhizosphere
  • heavy metals
  • organic chemicals
  • phytotechnology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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