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Special Issue "Abiotic Stress and Gene Networks in Plants 2020"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 April 2020.
The world is threatened by two major dilemmas: plants that suffer from a/biotic stress (i.e., drought, heat, salt stressors, climate change, insects and diseases); humans that suffer from malnutrition (i.e., vitamin A, zinc and iron deficiencies). These stresses and dilemmas are also a major threat for international food security as the demand for food will increase by 70% by 2050. In order to tackle these two major dilemmas and to have climate resilient plants, it is scientists’ obligation to develop and to use innovative technologies and opportunities. OMICS (Genomics, Transcriptomics Metabolomics, and Ionomics) and genome editing (CRISPR/Cas) are two of the technologies that can readily be used to tackle both major problems.
Abiotic stress leads to abnormalities in cellular homeostasis which have detrimental effects on growth and development. Being sessile organisms, plant abiotic stress signaling is a key element to better understanding plant acclimation and adaptation to environmental fluctuations. Autophagy; non coding small RNAs, such as microRNAs; and Long non coding RNAs (LncRNAs), considered as the mechanism in plants, have been associated with plant abiotic stress responses and are known to have novel roles in stress signaling and gene networks. Hence, in this Special Issue, these major elements of abiotic stress signaling will also be covered and addressed along with the pathway and, in the light of recent discoveries, a putative, state-of-art role.
"Abiotic Stress and Gene Networks in Plants" will address the underlying molecular mechanisms of a wide range of abiotic stress, including micronutrient deficiencies, using tools and technologies available.
Prof. Dr. Hikmet Budak
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