Special Issue "Reactive Oxygen Species in Plants: Fine-Tuning of Their Production, Scavenging and Signaling Functions under Environmental Stress"

A special issue of Antioxidants (ISSN 2076-3921). This special issue belongs to the section "ROS, RNS and RSS".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Takanori Maruta
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Guest Editor
Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, Shimane University, Matsue, Japan
Interests: ascorbate; glutathione; antioxidant system; redox regulation; reactive oxygen species; oxidative signaling; photosynthesis; photorespiration; cell death
Prof. Dr. Chikahiro Miyake
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Guest Editor
Department of Biology and Environment Science, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan
Interests: oxygen; O2; reactive oxygen species (ROS); the water–water cycle; photosystem I; P700; P700 oxidation; Mehler reaction; superoxide; hydrogen peroxide; singlet oxygen; reduction-induced suppression of electron flow (RISE)
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As sessile organisms, plants are continuously exposed to environmental stresses such as high light, drought, and extreme temperatures. The production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is enhanced by these environmental stimuli through the perturbation or activation of the primary metabolisms, such as photosynthesis, photorespiration, and respiration. Although ROS are reactive forms of molecular oxygen and potentially toxic to plant cells, they have another role as signaling molecules that modulate a wide range of biological processes, including defense systems, programmed cell death, and growth and development. To support these signaling roles, plants have several oxidases that catalyze the one-electron reduction of molecular oxygen, such as NADPH oxidases, as alternative intra- and extracellular sources of ROS. The balance of ROS actions as cytotoxic and signaling molecules is therefore critical for the plant stress acclimation process. This balance is fine-tuned through highly sophisticated mechanisms that control the production and scavenging of ROS under environmental stress.

In this Special Issue, we invite high-quality original papers and reviews that describe recent advances in the plant ROS field. Potential topics will include (but are not limited to) the following: (1) regulation of ROS production, (2) ROS scavenging/antioxidant systems, and (3) ROS sensing and signaling in plants. We look forward to your contributions.

Dr. Takanori Maruta
Prof. Dr. Chikahiro Miyake
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. Antioxidants is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • reactive oxygen species
  • antioxidant system
  • photosynthesis
  • the water-water cycle
  • P700 oxidation

Published Papers

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