Special Issue "Functional Plant Metabolism"

A special issue of Biomolecules (ISSN 2218-273X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Vasileios Fotopoulos
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology & Food Science Cyprus University of Technology P.O. Box 50329, 3603 Lemesos, Cyprus
Interests: abiotic stress; antioxidants; priming; reactive oxygen species; reactive nitrogen species; reactive sulfur species; growth promotion; cellular signaling; plant biotechnology
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Assoc. Prof. Ivan Paponov
Guest Editor
The Science Team Plant, Food & Climate, Department of Food Science, Agro Food Park 48, Aarhus University, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark
Interests: plant nutrition; plant hormones; hydroponics; vegetable production; abiotic stress; quality of high-value crops; biofortification; reactive oxygen species
Dr. Georgia Ntatsi
Guest Editor
Laboratory of Vegetable Production, Department of Crop Science, Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 75, 11855 Athens, Greece
Interests: vegetable production; hydroponics; plant nutrition; plant physiology; abiotic stress; fruit quality; biofortification; nitrogen fixation; phytohormones; plant metabolism
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plants are considered the primary producers on our planet, since using solar energy they have managed to convert CO2 and H2O into various organic compounds, which are actually synthesized though a variety of metabolic processes. Plant metabolism includes both anabolic and catabolic reactions occurring in a plant through enzyme-catalyzed reactions that constitute metabolic pathways, the products of which are called metabolites. Plant metabolites are considered the main nutritional and nutraceutical sources for humans and fall into two categories: the primary metabolites (e.g., carbohydrates, organic acids, amino acids, nucleotides, fatty acids, steroids, or lipids) which are used for growth, development, and the reproduction and secondary metabolites (flavonoids, anthocyanins, chlorophyll degradation products, antioxidants)—compounds used to protect plants against herbivores and abiotic stress or attract pollinators.

NMR, liquid and gas chromatography, and MS are different analytical methods of high sensitivity and accuracy used for the comprehensive targeted and non-targeted measurement and identification of metabolites. The use of these methods can result in the chemical profiling of the effect of different biotic and abiotic stresses (salinity, drought, heat), nutritional status, and genetic and environmental influences on several metabolites, thereby leading to the optimization of metabolic processes and concomitantly increased agricultural yield and product quality.

The general idea of this Special Issue is to provide an international base for revealing the underlying current knowledge on primary and secondary metabolism and the biosynthetic pathways of various plant metabolites. In particular, submissions of  review papers and original research reporting novel scientific findings on the following topics (but not limited to these) are welcome:

  • Plant growth and primary/secondary metabolism;
  • Primary/secondary metabolism and carbohydrate storage;
  • Lipids and secondary metabolism;
  • Nitrogen fixation and secondary metabolism;
  • Secondary metabolism and sulfur;
  • Nucleotide metabolism in various plant responses to biotic and abiotic stress;
  • Macronutrients’ role in primary and secondary plant metabolism;
  • Micronutrients’ role in primary and secondary plant metabolism;
  • Abiotic stress and plant metabolism;
  • Hormones and the accumulation of biologically active compounds in plants;
  • Polyamine metabolism and plant growth;
  • Protein metabolism under biotic and abiotic stress;
  • Purine alkaloid metabolism and plant growth;
  • Impact of PGPRs and biostimulants on plant metabolism and plant growth;
  • Optimization of the accumulation of biologically active compounds in plants;
  • Medical use of secondary metabolites extracted from plants;
  • Plant secondary metabolites in nectar;
  • Metabolomic technology to tackle key questions in product quality assessment;
  • Secondary metabolites promoting food nutrition and human health.
Dr. Vasileios Fotopoulos 
Assoc. Prof. Ivan Paponov
Assist. Prof. Georgia Ntatsi 
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Primary metabolism
  • Secondary metabolism
  • Metabolic pathways
  • Metabolomics
  • Yield
  • Plant growth
  • Fruit quality
  • Crop physiology
  • Antioxidants
  • Hormones
  • Macronutrients
  • Micronutrients
  • Biotic and abiotic stress
  • Nitrogen fixation
  • Biofortification

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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