Special Issue "Addressing Abiotic Stress Responses in Plants: Emerging Biotechniques from Laboratory to the Field"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.
Interests: Functional genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, seed biology, plant genetic resources conservation
Productivity in plant agriculture largely depends on the growth margins that translate to higher and bumper yields. Plants are particularly sensitive to extreme temperature fluctuations (heat, frost, and cold), water availability (flooding to no water supply), and toxicities due to sodium (salt intrusion, high salinity) and minerals (metal and metalloid), which are referred to as abiotic stresses in general. These stresses occur and are foretold to occur more often in the future due to environmental factors resulting from rapid and dramatic changes in the global climate. More so, these stresses have repercussions on the burgeoning demand of an ever-increasing global population for a secure and safe agriculture-based food supply.
As research in plant biotechnology makes advances, crops adapted to abiotic stressed environments are continually developed that can be sustainably and safely produced in environmentally-friendly agroecosystems. Through modern and novel biotechnology tools, research studies in developing broad-spectrum stress-tolerant plants adaptable to agro-ecological stressed-conditions continue to gain a foothold despite environmental uncertainties. These biotechniques include but are not limited to omics-based systems; genetic engineering and genome mapping; gene mining, cloning, and transfer and marker-assisted breeding; transgene pyramiding; and studies on physiological, molecular, and biochemical plant responses, including crosstalk among various molecular mechanisms while under abiotic stresses.
This Research Topic for a Special Issue serves as a compendium of studies about plants’ complex mechanisms involved in response to a single or combination of abiotic stresses using omics-based techniques and physiological, biochemical, molecular methods and other multisystem approaches. This issue also includes studies highlighting comparative results of laboratory, greenhouse and field experiments, as well as long-term studies on responses of field-established plants under multiple abiotic stress conditions. Original research, methods, reviews, mini-reviews, and opinion articles related to, but not exclusively limited to, the following topics below are welcome for submission.
- Understanding the molecular bases of interaction among stresses, including physiological and biochemical expressions and systems biology approaches;
- Establishment of experimental conditions that mimic field conditions exhibiting one, combinations of or multiple abiotic stresses;
- Detection of processes and/or transductions of abiotic stress signals of plants as whole plant, its parts or at gene level;
- Identification of key factors connecting abiotic stress responses and developmental processes;
- Analyses of long-term studies on plant responses under a combination of or multiple abiotic stress field conditions;
- Ecogeographic studies of genetic diversity of plants correlation to abiotic stress conditions.
Dr. Roel C. Rabara
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- Food security
- Abiotic stress
- Plant biotechnology
- Molecular mechanisms
- Genetic resources