Special Issue "Regulation of Photosynthesis in Crop for Sustainable Production"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Yasutomo Hoshika
Guest Editor
Institute of Research on Terrestrial Ecosystems (IRET), National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Via Madonna del Piano, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
Interests: plant physiological ecology; modelling of environmental botany; stress physiology; stomatal conductance; photosynthesis; ozone; drought; climate change
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Dr. Sara Di Lonardo
Guest Editor
Research Institute on Terrestrial Ecosystems-National Research Council (IRET-CNR), Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Fi), Italy
Interests: plant ecophysiology; plant responses; signalling under abiotic stress; antioxidant compounds; trace metals; soil-plant-water-nutrient relations; biostimulants; cropping system modelling; crop physiology; photosynthesis and chlorophyll fluorescence; greenhouses gas emissions; biosphere-atmosphere interactions; micrometeorological measures; precision agriculture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Population growth and the uncertainties derived from global climate change present the need to improve photosynthetic efficiency, the main driving force for plant growth and biomass production, of importance to ensure food security over the coming decades and an exciting opportunity to address the challenge of sustainable yield increases required to meet future food and raw plant material demand. Although it was generally believed that plant photosynthesis had already been optimized during evolution to perform at its optimum, recent studies have shown that photosynthetic processes can be adjusted to be more efficient for future climate change. As a consequence, a range of opportunities aimed at enhancing the photosynthetic capacity have been proposed, and promising results have been obtained in recent decades. Better understanding of the regulation of crop photosynthesis would therefore enable agriculture to keep pace with the exponential demand for increased yield from the growing human population.

This Special Issue will focus on the “Regulation of Photosynthesis in Crops for Sustainable Production”. We welcome novel research, reviews, and opinion pieces covering all related topics, including beneficial microorganisms, crop genetics and improvement, novel crops, phenotyping, management solutions, modelling, and case studies from the field. Studies in the broad areas of plant physiology, crop science, and climate change are welcomed.

Dr. Yasutomo Hoshika
Dr. Sara Di Lonardo
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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  • photosynthesis
  • yield improvement
  • crop phenotype
  • crop genetics and improvement
  • photosynthetic CO2 assimilation
  • climate change

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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