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Special Issue "Physiological and Environmental Regulation of Seed Germination: From Signaling Events to Molecular Responses"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Plant Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Emmanuel Baudouin
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Guest Editor
Sorbonne Université, Institut de Biologie Paris-Seine (IBPS), UMR7622 “Biologie du Développement”, Paris, France
Interests: seeds; germination; dormancy; signal transduction; protein phosphorylation; MAP kinases; ROS and NO signaling; environmental responses; biochemistry; molecular biology; cell biology
Dr. Juliette Puyaubert
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Guest Editor
Sorbonne Université, Institut de Biologie Paris-Seine (IBPS), UMR7622 “Biologie du Développement”, Paris, France
Interests: seeds; germination; dormancy; signal transduction; MAP kinases; TCP transcription factors; lipid metabolism and signaling; post-translational modifications; molecular biology; biochemistry; cell biology
Dr. Christophe Bailly
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Guest Editor
Sorbonne Université, Institut de Biologie Paris-Seine (IBPS), UMR7622 “Biologie du Développement”, Paris, France
Interests: seed; dormancy; germination; longevity; reactive oxygen species; transcriptome; RNA metabolism; abiotic stress

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Seed germination is a critical event in plant life cycle and a major determinant of wild species and crop global performances. During their development and following their dispersal from the mother plant, seeds integrate a tremendous variety of hormonal and environmental signals that are converted into molecular responses, triggering or restricting germination. Thus, ongoing global warming will deeply impact germination phenology, and gaining a better understanding of how environmental cues are perceived and integrated is therefore crucial to develop strategies to mitigate climate-change effects.

During the last decade, numerous actors controlling seed germination have been identified. The deciphering of their function and regulation recently ended in major breakthroughs, and the conservation of such mechanisms can now be addressed through the prisma of species evolution and crop genetic selection. In parallel, the application of omic technologies (transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics) to seed biology has provided valuable information on the comprehensive molecular networks associated with the germination process and their modification by environmental and hormonal cues. Although challenging, obtaining dynamic spatio-temporal models integrating these data and more is now realistic and within easy reach.

In this context, this Special Issue aims to address ongoing questions and emerging topics related to the molecular regulation of seed germination by hormonal and environmental factors. As examples, contributions exploring the following aspects will be particularly welcomed:

  • Regulatory networks associated with light/temperature perception and transduction;
  • Integration of molecular and mechanical signals for radicle elongation and their regulation by hormones and environment;
  • Emerging roles of post-transcriptional, post-translational, and epigenetic mechanisms;
  • Functions and interplay of seed compartments (endosperm…) in dormancy and germination reexamined;
  • Molecular networks integrating maternal effects in seed physiology;
  • DOG1 and beyond: functions and regulation of dormancy factors and roles in integrating environmental signals;
  • Primary dormancy, secondary dormancy, and dormancy cycling: generic versus specific molecular regulations;
  • Are lessons from model plants translatable to crops? Advances in comparative and translational biology.

Dr. Emmanuel Baudouin
Dr. Juliette Puyaubert
Dr. Christophe Bailly
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Seed germination and dormancy
  • Environmental signals
  • Signaling pathways
  • Hormones
  • Transcriptional, post-trancriptional, translational, and post-translational regulation
  • Epigenetic regulation
  • Omics
  • Model plants and crops

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