Special Issue "Biostimulants and Micronutrients: Innovative Tools to Increase Crop Quality and Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.
Interests: plant nutrition; selenium; crop biofortification; oxidative stress; soil; antioxidant compounds
Interests: biofortification; plant nutrition; abiotic stress, fertilizers, homeostasis; secondary metabolism
Nowadays, climate change affects crop production and quality worldwide. Plants are subjected to various types of abiotic stress, such as drought, salinity, and mineral deficiencies, which decrease plant growth. In an attempt to increase abiotic stress tolerance in plants, the application of biostimulants and micronutrients has been proposed as a novel and promising agronomic strategy.
Biostimulants comprise organic compounds (such as humic and fulvic acids, protein hydrolysates, seaweed and plant extracts, microorganisms such as mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal fungi, bacterial endosymbionts, and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria) and inorganic compounds (such as silicon and selenium).
Biostimulants improve soil nutrient availability through the stimulation of enzymatic and hormonal activities, and the modification of the natural microbial community. Although there are many papers dealing with biostimulants, it is still necessary to investigate and determine their mechanisms of action on plants as well as their effects on crop quality.
Concerning agricultural crops for human consumption, the use of biostimulants can also enhance the concentration of some beneficial elements (microelements and oligoelements) in the edible tissues of plants, which, in turn, are useful for human health. Therefore, biostimulants could also be used in biofortification programs.
In this Special Issue, the application of both micro-oligonutrients and biostimulants for increasing crop quality and abiotic stress tolerance in plants will be discussed.
Dr. Roberto D'Amato
Dr. Juan Jose Rios
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- mineral content
- healthy compounds
- abiotic stress
- change climate