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Advanced Study on Quality Control and Metabolism of Bioactive Compounds of Postharvest Horticultural Crops
edited by , and
submission deadline 25 Jun 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7160 | Submission Open
Keywords: postharvest horticultural product; quality control; secondary metabolites; advanced preservation technologies; extraction and utilization of bioactive compounds; edible coating and active packaging; molecular biology; omics; natural antimicrobials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Postharvest Biology, Quality, Safety, and Technology)
Bioactive Compounds in Horticultural Plants—2nd Edition submission deadline 25 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1807 | Submission Open
Keywords: bioactive compounds in horticultural plants; extraction techniques; processing technologies; antinutrients; prooxidant effect
(This special issue belongs to the Section Developmental Physiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology)
Horticultural Plants’ Response to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses
edited by
submission deadline 25 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1000 | Submission Open
Keywords: biostimulants compounds; phytochemicals; global climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biotic and Abiotic Stress)
Advancements in Enhancing Water Use Efficiency for Horticultural Crops submission deadline 25 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 893 | Submission Open
Keywords: water use efficiency; water productivity; water management; water harvesting; irrigation systems; drought tolerance; controlled environment systems; horticultural crops
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biotic and Abiotic Stress)
Breeding, Cultivation, and Metabolic Regulation of Medicinal Plants
edited by , Jianhe Wei, Xiaofang Wang and Ma Yu
submission deadline 27 Jun 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 6197 | Submission Open
Keywords: medicinal plants; variety breeding; cultivation mode; metabolic regulation; multi-omics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinals, Herbs, and Specialty Crops)
Genome-Wide Identification and Expression Analysis for the Genetic Improvement of Horticultural Plants
edited by , and Li Miao
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 10561 | Submission Open
Keywords: horticutural plants; genome-wide identification; expression analysis; genetic improvement
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics, Genomics, Breeding, and Biotechnology (G2B2))
Genetics and Molecular Breeding of Fruit Tree Species submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 9815 | Submission Open
Keywords: genome-wide association analysis; quantitative-trait locus; new plant breeding techniques; fruit quality; biotic/abiotic stress
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics, Genomics, Breeding, and Biotechnology (G2B2))
Sustainable Strategies and Practices for Soil Fertility Management
edited by , and Donato Cillis
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7546 | Submission Open
Keywords: precision farming; nutrient use efficiency; nutrient monitoring; controlled nutrient release
Investigation of Environmental Stress Tolerance and Physiology in Horticultural Crops submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 6493 | Submission Open
Keywords: drought stress; irrigation; fertigation; horticultural production; crop water management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biotic and Abiotic Stress)
Biostimulants and Plant Elicitors to Mitigate the Effect of Biotic and Abiotic Stress, 2nd Edition
edited by and Esther Novo-Uzal
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2338 | Submission Open
Keywords: biostimulants; elicitors; abiotic stress; biotic stress; secondary metabolism; climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biotic and Abiotic Stress)
Enhancing Disease Resistance and Crop Quality through Innovative Breeding Approaches submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1986 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant breeding; bioinformatic tools; disease resistance; food security
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics, Genomics, Breeding, and Biotechnology (G2B2))
Advances in Germplasm Resources and Genetic Improvement of Tropical Crops
edited by Xintao Lei and Yong Xiao
submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 895 | Submission Open
Keywords: tropical horticultural crop; germplasm resources; new germplasm creation; accurate evaluation; genetic improvement
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics, Genomics, Breeding, and Biotechnology (G2B2))
Novel Approaches to Control Postharvest Loss and Quality Deterioration of Fruits
edited by and
submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 696 | Submission Open
Keywords: fruit; quality deterioration; postharvest loss; CA; MAP; decay
(This special issue belongs to the Section Postharvest Biology, Quality, Safety, and Technology)
Vegetable Production Systems from the Open Field to Greenhouses submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 179 | Submission Open
Keywords: open field vegetable production; organic vegetable production; nutrient; water; and energy management; integrated pest management; nutritional quality of vegetables; greenhouse vegetable production; hydroponics; herbs and medicinal plants
(This special issue belongs to the Section Vegetable Production Systems)
Water and Fertilizer Management and Sustainable Use in Horticultural Production submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1786 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant nutrition; fertigation; efficiency; resiliency; nutritional value; innovation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Nutrition)
Advances in Postharvest Packaging and Preservation Techniques submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1189 | Submission Open
Keywords: edible coatings; antimicrobial packaging; antioxidant packaging; biodegradable packaging; irradiation; modified atmospheres; postharvest management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Postharvest Biology, Quality, Safety, and Technology)
From Farm to Table in the Era of a New Horticulture in Spain submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 285 | Submission Open
Keywords: horticulture; crop substrates; fertilization; food technology; smart fertigation
Genetic, Phenomic and Physiological Response and Resistance in Plants against Abiotic Stresses
edited by Adrían Rodríguez-Burruezo
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 86 | Submission Open
Keywords: sustainable farming; plant breeding; ion toxicity; yield; fruit quality; salinity; nutrient and water use efficiency; genes; agrobiodiversity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biotic and Abiotic Stress)
Phytobeneficial Microbials and Applications in Sustainable Horticulture submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 6509 | Submission Open
Keywords: glomeromycota; mycorrhiza; microbial agrobiotechnologies; nitrogen-fixing bacteria; endophytic microorganisms; microbiological quality of cultivated soils
(This special issue belongs to the Section Vegetable Production Systems)
Use and Management of Artificial Light in Horticultural Plants submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4535 | Submission Open
Keywords: artificial light; horticultural crops; supplementary lighting; light quality; light intensity; light duration; lighting direction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Protected Culture)
Horticultural Plants Pathology and Advances in Disease Management—2nd Edition submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1474 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant– pathogen interactions; biocontrol; disease management; horticultural plants phytopathology; phytopathogen detection; transgenic and genome-edited horticultural plants; genetic firewall for plants; plant disease resistance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Pathology and Disease Management (PPDM))
Abiotic Stress Responses in Ornamental Crops: The State of the Art 2024
edited by , and Yunxiao Guan
submission deadline 26 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 5456 | Submission Open
Keywords: abiotic stress; resistance breeding; physiological response; molecular mechanism; transcriptional regulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Floriculture, Nursery and Landscape, and Turf)
Advancements in Enhancing Environmental Stress Tolerance of Specialty Crops in Horticulture submission deadline 29 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3429 | Submission Open
Keywords: specialty crops; multi-purpose crops; abiotic stress; biotic stress; plant physiology; agronomy; molecular biology; omics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biotic and Abiotic Stress)
Innovative System for Disinfection in Greenhouses
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 23320 | Submission Open
Keywords: water treatment; seed treatment; surface disinfection; soil biosolarization; disinfection byproducts; hydroponics; aquaponics; wash water
(This special issue belongs to the Section Protected Culture)
Water, Fertilizer and Soil Management in Fruit and Vegetable Production
edited by Manuel Sandoval-Villa, and
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 121 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant physiology; plant nutrition; fertilizers; water and fertilizer management; soil analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Nutrition)
Postharvest Biology and Molecular Research of Horticulture Crops submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 15815 | Submission Open
Keywords: molecular mechanism; postharvest physiology; postharvest technology; postharvest disease; plant metabolism; ripening; senescence; stress response; shelf life
(This special issue belongs to the Section Postharvest Biology, Quality, Safety, and Technology)
Recent Scientific Developments in Breeding and Genetics of Ornamental and Beverage Plants submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 7415 | Submission Open
Keywords: ornamental plants; beverage plants; omics technology; molecular breeding; phytohormones; regulation mechanism; gene verification; genetic mechanism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics, Genomics, Breeding, and Biotechnology (G2B2))
Crop Authenticity in Organic Horticultural Production: Recent Studies and Applications submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7192 | Submission Open
Keywords: organic horticultural practices and production; chemical metabolites; gene transcripts; isotopic ratios; multivariate analysis; chemometrics
Postharvest Physiology and Quality Maintaining of Horticultural Plants
edited by Maorun Fu
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5695 | Submission Open
Keywords: ripening; senescence; water loss; dormancy; sprout; postharvest growth; flowers; fresh-eating nuts; quality maintaining
(This special issue belongs to the Section Postharvest Biology, Quality, Safety, and Technology)
Research Progress on Physiology, Molecular Aspects and Genetics in Potato Cultivation and Storage
edited by , and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3345 | Submission Open
Keywords: potato; cultivation; abiotic stress; biotic stress; storage; postharvest physiology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Developmental Physiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology)
Soil and Water Management in Horticulture submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2565 | Submission Open
Keywords: food production; irrigation water demand; soil water management; fertigation management; precision irrigation; digital horticulture
Amendments in Soilless Culture for Improved Productivity of Horticultural Plants submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2063 | Submission Open
Keywords: protected Horticulture; growing substrate; productivity and quality; hydroponics; organic amendment; biochar; biostimulant; abiotic and biotic stress
(This special issue belongs to the Section Protected Culture)
Horticultural Production in Controlled Environment
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2034 | Submission Open
Keywords: crop productivity; product quality; sustainable production practices; efficient use of resources
(This special issue belongs to the Section Vegetable Production Systems)
Role of RNA Interference (RNAi) Technology in Horticulture
edited by Jonathan Niño-Sánchez and Li-Hung Chen
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 195 | Submission Open
Keywords: RNA interference (RNAi); double-stranded RNA; small interfering RNA; microRNA; dicer-like proteins; argonaute; spray-induced gene silencing; RNAi-based application; crop improvement; post-harvest handling; pest and disease management; sustainable agriculture
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics, Genomics, Breeding, and Biotechnology (G2B2))
Research on Molecular Mechanism of Fruit Softening submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 160 | Submission Open
Keywords: fruit; softening; postharvest; molecular mechanism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Postharvest Biology, Quality, Safety, and Technology)
Postharvest Physiology of Horticultural Crops
edited by and Ricardo Henrique De Lima Leite
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 133 | Submission Open
Keywords: breeding; packaging; food technology; postharvest biology; postharvest technology; food chemistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Postharvest Biology, Quality, Safety, and Technology)
Secondary Metabolites and Nutrient Use Efficiency in Horticultural Tea Plants
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 99 | Submission Open
Keywords: tea plant; nutrition and fertilization; nutrient use efficiency; secondary metabolism; tea quality; growth and development
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinals, Herbs, and Specialty Crops)
Fertilizer Usage and Nutrient Management in Horticultural Crops
edited by , , Ewelina Gudarowska and
submission deadline 5 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2199 | Submission Open
Keywords: fertilization efficiency; microelements; beneficial elements
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Nutrition)
Storage and Quality Management of Horticultural Products
edited by
submission deadline 10 Aug 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 23361 | Submission Open
Keywords: shelf life; vegetables; fruits; postharvest; edible coating; food quality; biocontrol
(This special issue belongs to the Section Postharvest Biology, Quality, Safety, and Technology)
New Advances in Molecular Biology of Horticultural Plants submission deadline 10 Aug 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 15882 | Submission Open
Keywords: horticultural plants; molecular biology; physiology; gene expression
(This special issue belongs to the Section Developmental Physiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology)
Advances in Sustainable Cultivation of Horticultural Crops
edited by Josinaldo Lopes Araújo Rocha, Márcia Michelle Queiroz Ambrosio and Railene Hérica Carlos Rocha Araújo
submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 641 | Submission Open
Keywords: agricultural nanotechnology; alternative fertilizers; biofertilization; biological control; climate changes; environmental sustainability; food safety; horticultural propagation; hydroponics; nutritional efficiency; organic fertilizer; production systems; use of waste; water efficiency
(This special issue belongs to the Section Vegetable Production Systems)
Plants Response to Abiotic Stresses: Strategies for Adaptations and Survival
edited by
submission deadline 20 Aug 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 22113 | Submission Open
Keywords: abiotic stress; physiology; adaptation and survival; signal transduction; secondary metabolites; phytohormones; gene expression; photosynthesis; tolerance; resistance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biotic and Abiotic Stress)
Organic Fertilizers in Horticulture
edited by , , Karam Farrag and
submission deadline 20 Aug 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 11215 | Submission Open
Keywords: organic farming; sustainable horticulture; greenhouse horticulture; precision farming; compost; biochar; soil pollutions; contaminants of emerging concern; microplastics; heavy metals; waste management; soil quality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Nutrition)
Novel Management Strategies for Nematode Pests in Horticulture submission deadline 20 Aug 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5299 | Submission Open
Keywords: botanical nematicide; crop protection; free-living nematodes; nematode management; resistance cultivars; soil health; sustainable control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest Management)
From the Field to the Table: Unearthing Wild Fruit Species for Enhanced Prospecting and Utilization
edited by , and Edgardo Giordani
submission deadline 20 Aug 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4250 | Submission Open
Keywords: fruit subutilized species; phenology; floral biology; fruit morphological and chemical characterization; genetic resources
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinals, Herbs, and Specialty Crops)
Recent Advances in the Postharvest and Processing Technologies of Horticultural Crops: New Perspectives and Applications
edited by , Dalija Seglina and Karina Juhnevica-Radenkova
submission deadline 20 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1439 | Submission Open
Keywords: fruit treatment; losses; postharvest; quality; shelf-life; storage
(This special issue belongs to the Section Postharvest Biology, Quality, Safety, and Technology)
Soil Organic Amendment for Horticulture submission deadline 20 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 928 | Submission Open
Keywords: compost; biochar; soil properties; horticultural crop production; soil microbiota; nutrient management; mineralization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Nutrition)
Agrobiological Means for Sustainable Production in Controlled Environment Agriculture submission deadline 21 Aug 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7701 | Submission Open
Keywords: controlled environment agriculture; environmental factors; growing medium; soiless cultivation; biofortification; fertilisers; nanomaterials; bionanoparticles; biostimulants; natural products
(This special issue belongs to the Section Protected Culture)
The Role of Plant Growth Regulators in Horticulture
edited by Mack Moyo, and
submission deadline 22 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1033 | Submission Open
Keywords: abiotic stress tolerance; climate change resilience; plant morphogenesis; plant growth regulators; plant tissue culture; signal transduction; sustainable horticulture
(This special issue belongs to the Section Developmental Physiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology)
Application of Plant Biostimulants in Horticultural Crops
edited by , and Carlos Juan Alvarado-López
submission deadline 23 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2844 | Submission Open
Keywords: abiotic stress; biotic stress; aqueous extraction; ethanolic extraction; fermentation; nanoparticles
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