Special Issue "Metabolomics in the Plant Sciences 2017"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2018).
Interests: crop protection; plant diseases; agrochemicals; abiotic stresses; food production; food security; food safety; global climate change; bioactive phytochemicals; agrochemicals; mycotoxins; medicinal plants; ethnobotany
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Special Issue in International Journal of Molecular Sciences: Plant Molecular Biology
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Special Issue in International Journal of Molecular Sciences: Plant Innate Immunity
Special Issue in International Journal of Molecular Sciences: Molecular Research on Global Climate Change and Atmospheric Pollution
Special Issue in International Journal of Molecular Sciences: Pulses
Special Issue in Foods: Dietary Melatonin, a New Element in Food Science
Special Issue in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Agrochemicals in the Agri-Food Chain
Special Issue in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Mycotoxins in the Agri-Food Chain
Special Issue in International Journal of Molecular Sciences: Plant Innate Immunity 2.0
Special Issue in International Journal of Molecular Sciences: Pulses 2.0
Special Issue in Foods: Health-Promoting Effects of Traditional Foods
Special Issue in Medicines: Biological Efficacy of Natural Products against Noncommunicable Diseases
Special Issue in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Air Pollution, Climate Change, and Public Health: The Unavoidable Path towards Decarbonization
Special Issue in Applied Sciences: (Nano)bioagrochemicals
Special Issue in International Journal of Molecular Sciences: Plant Innate Immunity 3.0
Special Issue in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Water and Health
Special Issue in Antibiotics: Antimicrobial Plant Extracts and Phytochemicals
Special Issue in Journal of Clinical Medicine: Bioactive Phytochemicals in Health and Disease
Special Issue in Vaccines: Immunomodulatory Plants & Plant-Derived Immunomodulators
Special Issue in Vaccines: Immune Mechanisms in Plants
Topical Collection in International Journal of Molecular Sciences: Plant Health and Food Security
Special Issue in Applied Sciences: Natural Products in Crop Protection, Post-harvest Disease Control and Food Contamination Management
Special Issue in International Journal of Molecular Sciences: Plant Innate Immunity 4.0
Special Issue in Molecules: Biomolecules from Essential Oil Bearing Plants: Biological and Industrial Applications
Special Issue in Journal of Clinical Medicine: Clinical Studies on Bioavailability, Biotransformation, Biokinetics and Bioeffects of Phytochemicals
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Interests: metabolomics; analytical biochemistry; metabolism; crop improvement; biomarker discovery
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Special Issue in International Journal of Molecular Sciences: Metabolomics in the Plant Sciences
Special Issue in Metabolites: Plant and Derived Natural Product Metabolomics
In their environments, plants have to cope with a plethora of potentially detrimental conditions. They are sessile organisms and, therefore, can only produce (secondary) metabolites to protect themselves and to communicate with the components of their ecosystem: Competitive plants, microbial pathogens, phytophagous arthropods, noxious animals, pollinators, and vectors involved in seed dispersal. Therefore, in this context, chemodiversity enabled biodiversity, especially in hostile environments, where metabolite diversity of plants greatly contributed to their evolutionary success in terrestrial, marine and freshwater habitats.
In this chemoecological scenario, to study the complete set of small-molecules, commonly known as metabolites, found within a plant cell, tissue or organ, i.e., the plant metabolome, represents a reliable tool to accurately and comprehensively describe the physiological state of a biological system (cell–tissue–organ–organism), as well as its dynamic response to environmental changes.
In the field of omics, metabolomics—the large-scale study of metabolites—represents a powerful approach, because metabolites and their levels, unlike other omics measures, directly reflect the underlying global biochemical activity, (patho)physiological conditions and metabolic state of biological systems. In other words, metabolites are closely correlated to phenotype and metabolomics best represents the molecular phenotype of biological systems.
Not least of all, providing metabolome information for food and medicinal plant species is also relevant for better understanding the nutritional and healthy potential of these plants, as well as their adverse effects in human, if any. Metabolite profiling of animal/human body fluids (blood, urine, saliva) after ingestion of plant products will certainly contribute to ascertain their biological/pharmacological properties, toxicological effects, oral bioavailability and, finally, how plant product intake modifies the metabolic profile in animal/human.
In this very wide context, we invite investigators to submit both original research and review articles that explore all these aspects. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Plant secondary metabolites;
- Stress physiology;
- Crop science;
- Food and nutrition sciences;
- Medicinal plants;
- Imaging Mass Spectrometry.
Prof. Dr. Marcello Iriti
Prof. Dr. Ute Roessner
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- analytical chemistry
- metabolic engineering