Special Issue "Plant Growth Regulators for Improving the Yield and Quality of Horticultural Crops"
A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019.
Prof. Dr. Antonio Ferrante
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Milano, via Celoria 2, 20133 Milano, Italy
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Interests: abiotic stresses; crop eco-physiology; plant hormones; postharvest; senescence; vegetables quality; protected cultivation
The economic value of horticultural productions is strongly affected by the yield and quality attributes. The quality of horticultural crops is related to several aspects, such as, external appearance, nutritional value, presence of health-related compounds, and safety.
Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are plant hormones or compounds with hormone-like activities, and are either naturally occurring or synthetic compounds. PGRs are active at very low concentrations and interfere with plant hormones’ equilibrium. They include auxins, gibberellins, cytokinins, abscisic acid, ethylene, brassinosteroids, and jasmonates. The use of various classes of PGRs has become common practice in horticulture during cultivation, as well as during the postharvest management of produce. Their application can lead to a higher yield, lower susceptibility or increased tolerance against the biotic and abiotic stresses, enhancing of nutraceutical properties, and a uniformity of ripening or development.
A better understanding of the mechanisms of action and physiological events triggered by PGR applications is crucial for crop management and quality preservation. The understanding of the mode of action of new and older PGRs is still an important research issue that needs to be investigated, using innovative analytical, physiological, biochemical, and molecular biology approaches.
The Special Issue aims to collect research papers and reviews focusing on the mode of action of PGRs and on their effectiveness in improving the yield and quality of produce, both during cultivation and in postharvest. Therefore, research articles, reviews, short notes, and opinion articles related to PGR studies and applications to horticultural crops are welcome for this Special Issue.
Prof. Dr. Antonio Ferrante
Dr. Giacomo Cocetta
Dr. Igor Pacheco Cruz
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