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Special Issue "Plant Membrane Proteins and Solutes in Response to Stress"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Natural Products Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2019)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hernâni Gerós

Universidade do Minho, Department of Biology, Braga, Portugal
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Interests: plant molecular physiology; plant stress biology; membrane transporters and bioenergetics; fleshy fruit maturation and composition

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the majority of living organisms, plants face a continuous battle against adverse environmental conditions, including increasing soil salinity, heat waves and water scarcity, which are increasingly being observed worldwide in the context of the ongoing climate changes. Plant cells are full of inorga­nic ions and low-molecular-mass organic molecules, and expend considerable amounts of energy and resources in incorporating or synthesizing these solutes. The transport of such solutes across cell membranes is of the utmost importance to re-establish and maintain ion and cellular homeostasis in response to biotic and abiotic stress. Additionally, plant-protective molecules like secondary metabolites may be produced in plant tissues in response to extreme climate conditions or after pathogen infection. Furthermore, encouraging reports have shown that the exogenous application of protective compounds like glycine betaine, kaolin based particle film or silicon (Si) may promote stress tolerance in several crops.

This Special Issue aims to attract contributions on breakthrough discoveries concerning plant solute homeostasis systems in response to stress and stress mitigation approaches. This deepened knowledge will pave the way for the improvement of plant productivity through the optimization of agricultural practices or through biotechnological approaches, including genetic engineering, and traditional plant breeding.

Prof. Dr. Hernâni Gerós
Guest Editor

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  • Compatible solutes & osmolytes
  • Natural products chemistry
  • Inducible endogenous antioxidants
  • Biotic and abiotic stress
  • Exogenous molecules & stress mitigation
  • Membrane proteins
  • Secondary metabolites

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Screening Vitis Genotypes for Responses to Botrytis cinerea and Evaluation of Antioxidant Enzymes, Reactive Oxygen Species and Jasmonic Acid in Resistant and Susceptible Hosts
Received: 28 October 2018 / Revised: 13 December 2018 / Accepted: 18 December 2018 / Published: 20 December 2018
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Botrytis cinerea is a necrotrophic fungal phytopathogen with devastating effects on many Vitis genotypes. Here, a screening of 81 Vitis genotypes for leaf resistance to B. cinerea revealed two highly resistant (HR), twelve resistant (R), twenty-five susceptible (S) and forty-two highly susceptible [...] Read more.
Botrytis cinerea is a necrotrophic fungal phytopathogen with devastating effects on many Vitis genotypes. Here, a screening of 81 Vitis genotypes for leaf resistance to B. cinerea revealed two highly resistant (HR), twelve resistant (R), twenty-five susceptible (S) and forty-two highly susceptible (HS) genotypes. We focused on the HR genotype, ‘Zi Qiu’ (Vitis davidii), and the HS genotype ‘Riesling’ (V. vinifera), to elucidate mechanisms of host resistance and susceptibility against B. cinerea, using detached leaf assays. These involved a comparison of fungal growth, reactive oxygen species (ROS) responses, jasmonic acid (JA) levels, and changes in the anti-oxidative system between the two genotypes after inoculation with B. cinerea. Our results indicated that the high-level resistance of ‘Zi Qiu’ can be attributed to insignificant fungal development, low ROS production, timely elevation of anti-oxidative functions, and high JA levels. Moreover, severe fungal infection of ‘Riesling’ and sustained ROS production coincided with relatively unchanged anti-oxidative activity, as well as low JA levels. This study provides insights into B. cinerea infection in grape, which can be valuable for breeders by providing information for selecting suitable germplasm with enhanced disease resistance. Full article
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