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Special Issue "Toward a Sustainable Agriculture Through Plant Biostimulants: From Experimental Data to Practical Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019.
Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Naples, Federico II, Portici, Italy
Tel. 0039 3281789505
Interests: greenhouse crops; vegetables production; hydroponics and aquaponics; plant nutrition; microgreens; sprouts; edible flowers; functional foods, grafting; microbial and non-microbial biostimulants; biofortification; vegetable quality related to preharvest factors; LED; urban agriculture; organic farming
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Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy
Interests: vegetable grafting; plant nutrition; plant biostimulants; vegetable crops; floriculture; abiotic stress
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Over the past decade, interest in plant biostimulants has been on the rise, compelled by the growing interest of researchers, extension specialists, private industries, and farmers in integrating these products in the array of environmentally-friendly tools that secure improved crop performance, nutrient efficiency, product quality, and yield stability. Plant biostimulants entails include diverse organic and inorganic substances, natural compounds, and/or beneficial microorganisms such as humic acids, protein hydrolysates, seaweed and plant extracts, silicon, endophytic fungi like mycorrhizal fungi, and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria belonging to the genera Azospirillum, Azotobacter, and Rhizobium spp. Other substances (e.g., chitosan and other biopolymers and inorganic compounds) can have biostimulant properties, but their classification within the group of biostimulants is still under consideration. Plant biostimulants are usually applied to high-value crops, mainly greenhouse crops, fruit trees and vines, open-field crops, flowers, and ornamentals to sustainably increase yield and product quality. The global biostimulant market is currently estimated at about $2.0 billion, expected to reach $3.0 billion by 2021 at an annual growth rate of 13%. A growing interest on plant biostimulants from industries and scientists was demonstrated by the high number of published peer-reviewed articles, conferences, workshops, and symposiums in the past ten years.
This Special issue invites original research, technology report, methods, opinion, perspectives, and invited reviews and mini reviews dissecting the biostimulation action of these natural compounds and substances and beneficial microorganisms on crops grown under optimal and sub-optimal growing conditions (e.g., salinity, drought, nutrient deficiency and toxicity, heavy metal contaminations, waterlogging, and adverse soil pH conditions). Also of interest are potential contributions dealing with the effect as well as the molecular and physiological mechanisms of plant biostimulants on nutrient efficiency, product quality and the modulation of the microbial population quantitatively and qualitatively. In addition, identification and understanding of the optimal method, time, rate of application and phenological stage for improving plant performance and resilience to stress as well as the best plant species/cultivar × environment × management practices combinations will be considered within the general scope of the Special Issue. We highly believe that this compilation of high standard scientific papers on principles and practices of plant biostimulants will foster knowledge transfer among scientific communities, industries, and agronomists, and will enable a better understanding of the mode of action and application procedure of biostimulants in different cropping systems.
Prof. Youssef Rouphael
Prof. Giuseppe Colla
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- humic acids
- microbial inoculants
- nitrogen-fixing bacteria
- mycorrhizal fungi
- protein hydrolysate
- physiological and molecular mechanisms
- seaweed extracts
- inorganic compounds
- agronomical and horticultural crops
- abiotic stressors
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Protein hydrolysates on grapevine (Vitis vinifera L., cv. ‘Corvina’) performance and water stress tolerance
M. Boselli1, M.A. Bahouaoui1, N. Lachhab1, S. M. Sanzani2, G. Ferrara2 and A. Ippolito2
1Department of Biotechnology, University of Verona, San Floriano (VR), Italy,
2Department of Soil, Plant and Food Science, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Bari, Italy.
Abstract: The effect of animal and plant derived protein hydrolysate-based biostimulants, namely casein (Cas), soybean (Soy) and lupin (Lup), in improving grapevine performance and inducing stomatal closure were evaluated in the field for five years on the ‘Corvina’ wine grape cultivar. Protein hydrolysates (PHs) were applied by spray at two concentrations (1.6 and 6.4 g∙L-1); water treatment was used as a control. Overall, data clearly pointed out the effect of biostimulants in enhancing grapevine yield and quality and in reducing stomatal conductance (Ig), with differences in efficiency depending on the biostimulant origin and concentration. The results obtained support the role of PHs as natural biostimulants to ameliorate fruit parameters and reduce water loss.