Special Issue "Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Crop and Medical Plants"
A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021).
Interests: abiotic stress factors; adaptation mechanisms of plants; photosynthesis; photosynthetic apparatus; plant tolerance; oxidative stress; exogenous application of phytoprotectants; chlorophyll fluorescence; electron transport; oxygen evolution; phytoremediation; heavy metals
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Global climate change and environmental pollution substantially restrict crop growth and development, which highlights the need to develop and research new crop species with increased tolerance to various abiotic stresses. In recent years, there is an increasing interest in clarifying the mechanisms of plant adaptation and tolerance against environmental stress. Many researchers have focused their efforts on exploring the resistance of different crop species (including varieties, cultivars, genotypes, hybrids, and others) to different environmental stress factors, alone or in combination, such as high light, UV radiation, oxidative stress, salinity, water stress, extreme temperatures, heavy metal toxicity, etc. Achieving stable crop production in stressful conditions depends largely on the ability of plants to maintain their functions under environmental stress. One of the methods for improving plant tolerance to different abiotic stresses includes application of exogenous phytoprotectants, which can mitigate their effects on plants.
Plant responses to environmental stresses are complex and involve a wide array of morphological, physiological, and biochemical processes. Photosynthesis is the primary physiological process affected by abiotic stresses in all its phases. Photosynthetic membranes are very sensitive to environmental stress as damage of the photosynthetic apparatus occurs at different levels of its organization: chloroplast ultrastructure, pigment, lipid, and protein composition. Therefore, knowledge of the molecular mechanisms involved in the response and adaptation of the photosynthetic apparatus to stressful conditions is of great importance for a deeper understanding of plant tolerance under abiotic stress, which can support new strategies for the development of climate-resilient crops.
The current Special Issue will also draw attention to medicinal plants (herbs) and the effects of drought, salt, light, temperature, and heavy metal stresses on their adaptation mechanisms and secondary metabolite production.
Scientists from all over the world are invited to submit original research and review articles on topics related to crop and medical plant tolerance to adverse environmental conditions.
Prof. Dr. Anelia Dobrikova
Manuscript Submission Information
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- abiotic stress
- adaptation mechanisms
- crop plant responses
- environmental pollution
- exogenous phytoprotectants
- medical plant tolerance
- oxidative stress defense systems
- photosynthetic apparatus
- reactive oxygen species