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Bryophyte Biology
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 12 articles | Viewed by 14676 | Submission Open
Keywords: mosses; liverworts; hornworts; bryology; bryophytes; bryophyta; seedless plants
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Ecology)
Antioxidant Activity of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants 2023
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7749 | Submission Open
Keywords: natural products; antioxidation; essential oil; radicals; anti-inflammatory; bioactivity; algal marine ecosystem
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
Inflorescence Architecture and Development in Plants
edited by Abelardo Carlos Vegetti
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2776 | Submission Open
Keywords: inflorescence; development; morphology; anatomy; evolution; gene/molecular regulation; monopodial and sympodial branching; flower development; reproductive meristems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Development and Morphogenesis)
Phytochemical Analysis, Antioxidant, Antimicrobial, and Cytotoxic Activity of Plant Extracts
edited by Dejan D. Baskić and
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2587 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant extracts; bioactive secondary metabolites chromatographic analysis of major and minor constituents of plant extracts and essential oils; antioxidant activity of plant extracts and essential oils; antimicrobial activity of plant extracts and essential oils; cytotoxic activity of plant extracts and essential oils
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
Lignocellulose Based Biofuels and Biomaterials
edited by and Kang Kang
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1446 | Submission Open
Keywords: advanced pretreatment methods; biofuel generation; conversion of lignocellulose to value added chemicals; pyrolysis of lignocellulose; electrochemical materials; supercapacitor application; absorption application; biorefinery of lignocellulose; economic and technical evaluation of the biorefinery process
Advancements in Plant Genetics and Genome Characterization submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 299 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant phylogenomics; chloroplast genome; mitochondrial genome; nuclear genome; intracellular gene transfer; genome characterization; structural analysis; next-generation sequencing; multi-omics study; ecology and evolution; biodiversity; bioinformatic analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology)
Research on Gene Breeding and Molecular Biology of Cotton
edited by Zhi Wang
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 151 | Submission Open
Keywords: cotton; gene breeding; molecular breeding; molecular biology; fiber development; abiotic stress 
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Molecular Biology)
Biosystematics and Phylogenetic Taxonomy of Plants submission deadline 26 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 239 | Submission Open
Keywords: biosystematics; phylogeny; taxonomy; speciation; evolution; diversification; molecular biology; plant biodiversity; classification; vascular plants; wild flora; endemics; phenotypic markers; molecular markers; functional markers; biogeography
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Systematics, Taxonomy, Nomenclature and Classification)
Floral Biology 3.0
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5704 | Submission Open
Keywords: bee; compatibility; nectar; nectary; pollen; pollination; pollen vector; reproductive biology; resource; reward
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Development and Morphogenesis)
Flavor Quality of Cultivated and Wild Berries and Their Biological Basis
edited by , and Keji Yu
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3050 | Submission Open
Keywords: berry flavor; biosynthesis; ecological and cultivation factors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Physiology and Metabolism)
Application of Biotechnology in Crop Improvement
edited by Dilip Panthee
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2940 | Submission Open
Keywords: crop improvement; genetic transformation; genome editing; genome-wide association studies; genomic selection; marker-assisted selection; QTL analysis; RNA-seq analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Physiology and Crop Production)
Medicinal and Edible Plants and Their Natural Products: From Extraction to Bioactivity Evaluation
edited by Horacio Heinzen, Alvaro Vazquez and
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1104 | Submission Open
Keywords: medicinal and edible plants; natural products; secondary metabolites; metabolite profiling; mass spectrometry; bioactivity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
Diversity, Distribution and Conservation of Bryophytes
edited by Marta Puglisi
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 825 | Submission Open
Keywords: bryophytes; diversity; distribution; species distribution models; biodiversity loss; conservation; climate change; red list; invasion processes; extinction processes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Ecology)
The Effect of Abiotic Stress on Grapevine: A Physiological, Transcriptional and Metabolic Perspective Volume II submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 454 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant physiology; climate change; sustainable agriculture; secondary metabolism; gene expression; Vitis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change)
Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants: Ecophysiological and Cultural Aspects for Commercial Cultivation submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 11 articles | Viewed by 19161 | Submission Open
Keywords: endangered plants; underutilized species; nutritional and pharmaceutical properties; cultivation systems; propagating material; post-harvest handling; crop physiology; herbs; dormancy; phytochemicals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Physiology and Metabolism)
Plant-Soil Interaction Response to Global Change submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 18659 | Submission Open
Keywords: root; global change; soil ecology; rhizosphere; rhizo-microorganisms; biogeography
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change)
Advances in Plant-Fungal Pathogen Interaction submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 11 articles | Viewed by 18578 | Submission Open
Keywords: fungal pathogen; plant interaction; pathogenicity factor; virulence genes; disease; infection; proteome; secondary metabolites; toxins; biocontrol
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions)
Ecology and Management of Invasive Plants
edited by and Hongli Li
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 18220 | Submission Open
Keywords: invasion ecology; biological invasion; plant invasion; invasive plants; invasion mechanism; invasion management; early warning and prevention
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Ecology)
Responses of Vegetation to Global Climate Change
edited by , and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 13 articles | Viewed by 17504 | Submission Open
Keywords: climate change; vegetation dynamics; gross primary productivity (GPP); net primary productivity (NPP); terrestrial vegetation productivity; climate impacts; vegetation responses
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Ecology)
Plant Growth-Promoting Bacteria and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 15089 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant growth-promoting bacteria; arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi; plant growth and protection; biotic and abiotic stress; sustainable agriculture; inoculation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions)
Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria and Mycorrhizas as Biocontrol and Biostimulats Agents submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 11996 | Submission Open
Keywords: abiotic and biotic stresses; arbuscular mycorrhiza; biocontrol; bioinoculants; biological control; biostimulate agents; mycorrhizal symbiosis; PGPB; plant– microbe interactions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions)
Bioactivities of Nature Products submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 11297 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant extracts; isolated natural products; bioactivities; therapeutic applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
Crop Improvement under a Changing Climate
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 10156 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology)
Natural Products and Phytotherapy: Advances in Phytochemistry and Pharmacology submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 9486 | Submission Open
Keywords: evidence-based phytotherapy; natural product pharmacology; ethnopharmacology; bioactivity-guided isolation; structure elucidation of new plant metabolites
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
Aquatic Plant Biology 2023
edited by Fan Liu
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 8502 | Submission Open
Keywords: aquatic plants; morphological changes; physiological responses; molecular mechanisms; aquatic plants and environments
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Ecology)
Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics in Modern Plant Science
edited by Mingquan Ding
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 6200 | Submission Open
Keywords: functional genomics; bioinformatics; abiotic stress; plant development; genome sequence analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology)
Plant Biostimulants: Exploring Sustainable Sources and their Applications in Agriculture Production
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5874 | Submission Open
Keywords: mass culture optimization; extract formulation and standardization; active compounds; modes of action; physiological responses; plant protection; biocontrol agents; synergism with other biostimulants; seed priming; post-harvest storage
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
Heavy Metal Tolerance in Plants and Algae submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5785 | Submission Open
Keywords: heavy metal tolerance; heavy metal sensing; heavy metal uptake; heavy metal sequestration; phytochelatin; glutathione and oxidative stress; cysteine synthesis and degradation; heavy metal tolerance evolution; hyper and hypo accumulator plants; environmental pollutants; stress mitigation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Physiology and Metabolism)
Abiotic Stress Signaling in Cereals, Especially Wheat
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5608 | Submission Open
Keywords: abiotic stress; calcium; signaling; stress sensors; wheat
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change)
Post-Translational Modifications in Plants submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5226 | Submission Open
Keywords: calcium-dependent protein kinases; kinase gene family; kinome; mitogen-activated protein kinase; phosphorylation; phosphorylome; plant protein kinase; protein turnover; stress signaling; hormonal signaling; sucrose non-fermenting 1 (SNF1)-related protein kinase; phosphatases; ubiquitin; ubiquitination; ubiquitinome; reactive nitrogen species (RNS); reactive oxygen species (ROS); acetylation; lipidation; farnesylation; myristoylation; carbonylation; sumoylation; glycosylation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Molecular Biology)
Advances in Forest Ecophysiology: Stress Response and Ecophysiological Indicators of Tree Vitality–Volume II
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 5204 | Submission Open
Keywords: climate change; air pollution; dieback; leaf injury; growth; water and nutrient uptake; photosynthesis; oxidative stress
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Ecology)
Isoprenoids: Metabolic Mechanisms, Bioactivity and Application submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4210 | Submission Open
Keywords: aromatic plants; isoprenoids; terpenoids; bioactivity; metabolic mechanisms; gene regulation; biotechnologies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
Chemical Composition and Biological Activities of Plant Extracts submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4133 | Submission Open
Keywords: phytopharmaceutical; natural products; antioxidants; drug discovery; in vitro; in vivo
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
Formation Mechanism and Regulation of Fruit Quality
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3810 | Submission Open
Keywords: fruit species; fruit quality formation; organic acids; anthocyanins; carotenoids; polyphenols; fruit shapes; fruit colors; fruit flavors; physiological processes; regulatory mechanisms
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Physiology and Metabolism)
Molecular Signaling Events in Algae in Response to Abiotic Factors and Biotic Interactions
edited by Maria Mittag
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3569 | Submission Open
Keywords: algal– microbial interactions; algal viruses; Ca2+ signaling; freshwater algae; light; nutrients; marine algae; photoreceptors; temperature; temperature sensing; terrestrial algae
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change)
In Vitro Propagation and Cryopreservation of Plants
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3293 | Submission Open
Keywords: Keywords: Breeding; cryoconservation; Humulus lupulus; pollination; Solanum tuberosum; variety
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Physiology and Metabolism)
Biopesticides for Plant Protection submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3155 | Submission Open
Keywords: biological activity; biopesticides; pest management; plant protection; essential oils; green chemistry; mode of action; phytochemicals; sustainability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions)
Role of Microbes in Alleviating Abiotic Stress in Plants submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3077 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant– microbe interaction; abiotic stress; plant– microbe symbiosis; bacteria; fungi; prokaryote
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change)
The Multifaceted Responses of Plants to Visible and Ultraviolet Radiation II submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2874 | Submission Open
Keywords: visible light; ultraviolet radiation; photoreceptors; signaling; photomorphogenesis; plant growth; primary and secondary metabolism; hormones; food quality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Physiology and Metabolism)
New Strategies for the Control of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2666 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant-parasitic nematodes; nematode management; chemical control; biological control; nematode-resistant; crop protection
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions)
Different Aspects of Plant Viral Metagenomics
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2644 | Submission Open
Keywords: metavirome; plant virus; HTS; crop; weed; vector
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions)
In Vivo and In Vitro Production for Plant Secondary Metabolites: Recent Advances and Biological Applications
edited by and Loretta Bacchetta
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2351 | Submission Open
Keywords: secondary metabolites; in vivo and in vitro plant growth; edaphic factors; abiotic and biotic stress; industrial applications; bioproducts
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
Improvement and Genetic Analysis of Germplasm Resources in Major Crops—2nd Edition submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2310 | Submission Open
Keywords: germplasm improvement; genetics mechanism; genome-wide selection; major crops
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology)
Plant Resistance against Bacterial and Fungal Pathogens: Mechanisms and Applications
edited by and Chunquan Zhang
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2039 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant disease resistance; functional mechanism; practical applications; plant health; food security; sustainable agriculture
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions)
Innovative Health-Promoting Applications of Byproducts from Agricultural Production submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2010 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant material; by-products; herbal extracts; metabolomics; secondary metabolites; circular economy; production chain; biological effects
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
Molecular Mechanisms of Rare Tree Species Response to Abiotic Stress
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1916 | Submission Open
Keywords: molecular mechanisms; rare tree species; abiotic stress
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change)
Epiphytic Plants: Perspective on Their Diversity, Distribution, Systematics and Conservation in the Changing Environment
edited by and Sven Peter Batke
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1767 | Submission Open
Keywords: vascular epiphytes; conservation; diversity; distribution patterns; ecological interactions; ecophysiology; endemism; epiphytic communities; functional traits; systematics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Systematics, Taxonomy, Nomenclature and Classification)
Biological Control and Bioprotection Strategies Against Pest and Plant Diseases in Agricultural Crops submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1637 | Submission Open
Keywords: biological control agents; biostimulation; entomology; plant extracts; plant pathology; resistance host inducers; sustainable agriculture
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions)
Plants as a Novel Dietary Supplement and Medicine
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1636 | Submission Open
Keywords: therapeutic potential; functional food; dietary supplement; medicine; plant
Molecular Breeding and Germplasm Improvement of Rice—2nd Edition submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1527 | Submission Open
Keywords: rice molecular breeding; innovation of rice germplasm; gene editing; whole-genome selection; synthetic biology; intelligent design breeding
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology)
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