Special Issue "Plant Stress Protection in Agriculture"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2018).

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rainer W. Hofmann
Guest Editor
Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Lincoln University, Lincoln , New Zealand
Interests: functional plant biology, plant eco-physiology and stress physiology, with a focus on mechanisms of stress resistance for crop improvement
Dr. Jean-Hugues Bertrand Hatier
Guest Editor
MLS Consultancy, New Zealand
Interests: plant eco-physiology, quantitative genetics with a focus on adaptation to climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plant domestication and modern breeding practices have been highly successful in optimising plant performance in agricultural systems. However, this strong selective pressure exerted by humans on genetic diversity over more than 10,000 years has resulted in genetic bottlenecks and therefore reduced the capacity of modern crops to resist newly emerging pests and diseases and to adapt to a changing environment.  

Exposure to a multitude of abiotic and biotic stressors puts significant constraints on the performance of crop species around the world. Furthermore, there is limited access to advances offered by modern plant breeding technologies and germplasm characterization. This is in part due to the difficulty of attracting funding for research in crops beyond the main cash crops of the world. Such factors contribute to the delay in progress which is much needed for plant stress protection in agriculture in order to prepare the sector for significant global challenges such as population pressure and climate change.

A strong understanding of plant stress protection is essential for effective and sustainable crop production, to improve management practices, and to retrieve valuable alleles from exotic germplasm associated with crop stress resistance and crop quality. The quest to develop crops that are productive as well as stress-resistant presents an array of opportunities for plant improvement.

A Special Issue on Plant Stress Protection in Agriculture is thus timely, and we invite reviews as well as original research publications. Articles may include, but are not limited to, the following topics with a focus on crop plant stress protection:

  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Stress interaction
  • Cross-tolerance
  • Plant breeding
  • Quantitative genetics
  • Genomic selection
  • Targeted stress application
  • Drought stress protection
  • Osmotic adjustment
  • Water use efficiency
  • Nutrient use efficiency
  • Temperature stress protection
  • Aluminium tolerance
  • Role of antioxidants in stress protection
Dr. Rainer Hofmann
Dr. Jean-Hugues Bertrand Hatier
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Stress
  • Protection
  • Agriculture
  • Crops
  • Climate change
  • Stress resistance
  • Stress escape
  • Stress avoidance
  • Stress tolerance
  • Stress recovery
  • Abiotic
  • Biotic
  • Water stress
  • Drought
  • Waterlogging
  • Salinity
  • Oxidative stress
  • Temperature
  • Radiation
  • Mineral nutrients
  • Toxicity
  • Disease
  • Pests
  • Plant improvement
  • Quantitative trait loci

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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