Horticultural Plants’ Response to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524). This special issue belongs to the section "Biotic and Abiotic Stress".

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School of Horticulture, Hainan University, Haikou 570228, China
Interests: abiotic stress; plant physiology; salinity; heavy metal; nutrition; micronutrients; antioxidants; phytohormone; heat stress; oxidative stress; reactive oxygen species; reactive nitrogen species; membrane biology; starch physiology
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Dear Colleagues,

The current global climate change trend has had a substantial impact on the growth, yield, and quality of horticulture produce. The alterations in climate patterns and human activities give rise to diverse environmental conditions, such as heat, cold, drought, salinity, sodic and alkaline conditions, and heavy metal pollution. These conditions can significantly affect the productivity of horticultural crops. Various horticultural crops exhibit varying responses to abiotic stressors and are particularly vulnerable to abiotic stress, mainly during the early growth of seedlings, vegetative phases, reproductive stages (such as seed formation, blooming, and fruiting), and leaf senescence. Additionally, biotic stressors, such as nematodes, bacteria, insects, fungus, vectors, and viruses significantly impede the strength and production of horticultural crops.

The study of biostimulants compounds, hormones, new chemicals, and microbes in agriculture has shown that they may improve the ability of agricultural plants to withstand abiotic and biotic challenges, resulting in greater production in horticulture crops. Recent research has revealed that the novel phytochemicals, secondary metabolites, and antimicrobial peptides reduce the harmful effects of biotic and abiotic stresses by increasing the activity of antioxidants, both enzymatic and non-enzymatic, interacting with phytohormones, activating defense genes, and promoting systemic resistance.

In this context, we propose a research topic that will consist of original research, reviews, and methods articles. This compilation aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the morpho-physiological, biochemical, and molecular mechanisms that enable horticultural crops to tolerate abiotic and biotic factors.

Prof. Dr. Zhiwei Wang
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  • biostimulants compounds
  • phytochemicals
  • global climate change

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Spectral Study of Some Metabolites Involved in the Adaptation Reaction of Bitter Cucumber (Momordica charantia) to Saline Stress
by Ștefănica Ostaci, Cristina Slabu, Alina Elena Marta, Mihaela Covașă, Iulia Miniață and Carmenica Doina Jităreanu
Horticulturae 2024, 10(4), 309; https://doi.org/10.3390/horticulturae10040309 - 22 Mar 2024
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Momordica charantia (bitter cucumber) is a tropical and subtropical plant with a long history of use in traditional medicine. Salinity is a major problem that limits plant growth and biomass production. The aim of this work was to determine the salinity tolerance of [...] Read more.
Momordica charantia (bitter cucumber) is a tropical and subtropical plant with a long history of use in traditional medicine. Salinity is a major problem that limits plant growth and biomass production. The aim of this work was to determine the salinity tolerance of bitter cucumber, through the spectral analyses of some metabolites involved in their response to abiotic stress factors. To carry out the experiment, two varieties of bitter cucumber and three experimental lines were subjected to saline stress by applying treatments with saline solutions in different concentrations (control—0 mM NaCl; V1—100 mM NaCl; and V2—200 mM NaCl). After applying the treatments, analyses were carried out on the amount of free proline (Pro), ascorbic acid, and aromatic amino acids. For proline and ascorbic acid, the tendency was for their concentration to decrease in the variants treated with saline solutions" with "the tendency was for their absorbance to decrease in the variants treated with saline solutions. The differences between the controls and the treated variants, as well as between the studied genotypes, highlight their capacity for resistance and adaptation to saline stress. Full article
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