Special Issue "Heavy Metals Accumulation, Toxicity and Detoxification in Plants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019.
Prof. Dr. Luigi De Bellis
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies, Università del Salento, Centro Ecotekne, via Provinciale Lecce Monteroni, 73100 Lecce, Italy
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Interests: plant physiology; genomics; biotechnology; pathology; fruit quality
Dr. Alessio Aprile
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies, Salento University, Lecce, Italy;
Centro Ecotekne via Provinciale Lecce Monteroni, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Interests: molecular responses f plants to heavy metals, drought and heat; crop physiology of durum wheat and other cereals
In recent years, heavy metals have been widely used in agricultural, chemical, domestic, and technological applications causing environmental and soil contaminations. Heavy metals enter the plant system through soil or via the atmosphere and can accumulate, affecting physiological processes; plant growth; yield; and human health if heavy metals are stored in edible tissues. Understanding the regulation mechanisms of plant heavy metals accumulation and partitioning is important to improve the safety of the food chain.
This Special Issue aims to explore three main issues:
(1) The accumulation and partitioning of heavy metals in crops and wild plants;
(2) The toxicity and molecular behaviours of cells, tissues, and their effects on physiology and plant growth;
(3) Detoxification strategies, plant tolerance, and phytoremediation.
Prof. Dr. Luigi De Bellis
Dr. Alessio Aprile
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- Heavy metals
- Plant physiological responses to heavy metals
- Heavy metal accumulation in plants
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Advances in Cadmium Uptake and Transport Mechanisms and QTLs Mapping Related to Cadmium Stress and Cadmium Accumulation in Rice
Author: Jingguang Chen1,2#, Lijun Meng1#, Wenli Zou1, Xiaorong Fan2, Guohua Xu2, Guoyou Ye1*
Affiliation: 1CAAS-IRRI Joint Laboratory for Genomics-Assisted Germplasm Enhancement, Agricultural Genomics Institute in Shenzhen, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Shenzhen, China. 2State Key Laboratory of Crop Genetics and Germplasm Enhancement, MOA Key Laboratory of Plant Nutrition and Fertilization in Low-Middle Reaches of the Yangtze River, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China.
Abstract: Cadmium (Cd) is a kind of heavy metal that has extremely strong biological toxicity and is extremely harmful to human health. In order to reduce human Cd uptake, Cd content in food crops must be reduced, which is of great significance to ensure food safety. This review will summarize the genetic traits of Cd accumulation in rice and examine the mechanism of Cd uptake and translocation in rice. The status of QTLs related to Cd stress and Cd accumulation in rice in recent years was summarized, and the genes related to Cd accumulation in rice were classified according to their functions. In addition, the overview of QTLs mapping populations in rice was introduced, aiming to provide theoretical reference for the breeding of rice varieties with low Cd accumulation. Finally, its existing problems and prospects were put forward.