Special Issue "Role of Biological Amendments in Abiotic Stress Tolerance of Crops"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Vijay Joshi
Guest Editor
Texas A&M Agri Life Research, Texas A&M University, Uvalde Texas, USA
Interests: plant physiology; metabolic pathways; plant nutrition; nitrogen use efficiency; abiotic stress tolerance; systems biology; plant genetics; vegetable; crop production; organic farming

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The biological amendments have gained considerable popularity over the past decade due to their potential in enhancing plant productivity, quality, and tolerance to environmental stresses.  The global market of such sustainable and eco-friendly products that alleviate the impacts of environmental stresses on productivity is growing exponentially. However, the efficacy of such products varies considerably in a grower’s field in different crops. Systematic approaches assessing the reliability and performance of such products would determine their potential for long-term use in commercial agriculture. The biological amendments not only activate a range of molecular and biochemical pathways in plants but also influence soil composition to confront environmental stress. The present Special Issue focuses on studies that would validate the performance of biological amendments in enhancing abiotic stress tolerance in the horticultural and field crops. Although the list is not exclusive, we welcome studies involving biological amendments such as microorganisms (Azotobacter, Rhizobium, and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi), amino acids, organic acids, protein hydrolysates, seaweed and plant extracts, humic substances, and nanoparticles applied exogenously to the plant or soil. The abiotic stresses would involve any environmental factors that negatively affect crop productivity, such as drought (water deficit), flooding, extreme temperatures (cold, frost and heat), salinity, nutrients (minerals, metal), and other environmental conditions. We encourage contributions that utilize physiological, molecular, or biochemical cues to assess the efficacy of the products and provide insights into the mechanisms that enable biological amendments to contribute to crop performance during abiotic stress. The new knowledge shared through this Special Issue would help in improving our understanding of the functional significance of such amendments and their rapid adoption to enhance productivity during specific environmental stress. Research papers, communications, and review articles are all welcome.

Dr. Vijay Joshi
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • abiotic stress
  • microorganisms
  • amino acids
  • organic acids
  • humic substances
  • nanoparticles
  • drought
  • salinity
  • heat
  • nutrients

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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