Special Issue "Drought and Heat Stress Regulation on Crop Development and Yield"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Farming Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Raju Soolanayakanahally
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Saskatoon Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 107 Science Place Saskatoon, SK, S7N 0X2, Canada
Interests: climate change; crop production; drought, heat stress; salinity; adaptation; yield; ecophysiology; hormones; phenotypic traits
Dr. M. S. Sheshshayee
Guest Editor
Department of Crop Physiology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore-560065, India
Interests: plant drought stress physiology; genetics of drought tolerance; stable isotopes; marker assisted breeding

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Singular and combined abiotic stressors (drought, heat, irradiance) are major limitations affecting crop yields and ultimately the food and nutritional security. Hence, understanding crop responses to combined abiotic stressors is a pre-requisite to develop stress-resilient crops with high yield stability and nutritional quality. Crop plants cope with abiotic stressors by molecular, biochemical, ecophysiological and anatomical changes to mitigate stress effects. This understanding is crucial to device crop improvement strategies.

This Focus/Special Issue invites original research articles, opinion papers and short communications on the following topics:

  1. Impact of abiotic stressors on metabolism and growth rates.
  2. Adjustments in morpho-anatomical changes under stress environments.
  3. Enhancement of crop resource use efficiency.
  4. Use of stable isotopes.
  5. Rapid high throughput phenotyping screening techniques of aboveground and belowground organs for physiological breeding.

Dr. Raju Soolanayakanahally
Dr. M. S. Sheshshayee
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • climate change
  • crop production
  • drought, heat stress
  • adaptation
  • yield
  • ecophysiology
  • hormones
  • phenotypic traits

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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