Special Issue "Contribution of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis to Crop Growth"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2020.
Interests: cellular and molecular aspects of plant interactions, mainly during mycorrhizal symbioses; plant response to biotic and abiotic stresses; genomics of symbiotic fungi; plant biology; plant nutrition; plant–microbe interactions; root symbioses; soil microorganisms; plant and fungal cell walls
Interests: molecular and cellular aspects of plant–microbe interactions, mainly during arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis; plant response to biotic stress; role of phytohormones in plant growth and in response to microbes; plant biology; plant nutrition; plant–microbe interactions; arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis; mycorrhizal-induced resistance and susceptibility
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Drought and land degradation following the salinization of soil are considerably increasing worldwide and many crops are growing in suboptimal climatic conditions in different parts of the world. In addition, the ongoing climate change could further worsen this scenario. During the last decades, a variety of strategies have been deployed to improve stress tolerance and resilience in crops. In this context, beneficial soil microorganisms (including mycorrhizal fungi) are today considered a key factor for managing crop productions and the optimization of their use have an enormous potential in the frame of an innovative and sustainable agriculture, providing benefits to plant growth and health by enhancing plant nutrition, conferring tolerance to abiotic stresses and improving plant resistance to biotic threats. However, the application of these microorganisms in agriculture is still a challenge due to the variability of results, which often are dependent from the context (e.g. involved genotypes, resource availability, environmental conditions). Particularly, arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi play an important role as 'bio-fertilizing microorganisms' as they establish symbiotic interactions with the roots of most crops, including key Mediterranean crops. Although use of mycorrhizal fungi has been largely explored as an alternative strategy for improving plant nutrition and growth and to enhance plant tolerance and resilience upon different abiotic and biotic stresses, the impact and the reliability of these strategies should be evaluated across a set of diverse environmental conditions and production systems, before to providing practical recommendations.
This Special Issue intends to cover the state-of-the-art and recent progress in different aspects related to the use of mycorrhizal fungi to increase the sustainability and resilience of different crops, mainly in a scenario of environmental challenges due to climate change. All types of manuscripts (original research and reviews) providing new insights from researches on the application of mycorrhizal fungi to improve plant traits relevant to enhance crop performances and production as well as on the role of these beneficial soil microorganisms in crop stress tolerance and resilience improvement are welcome.
Dr. Raffaella Maria Balestrini
Dr. Valentina Fiorilli
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- arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis
- abiotic stress
- soil conservation