Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 28th International Symposium of the Scientific Centre for Fertilizers (CIEC) “Fertilization and Nutrient Use Efficiency in Mediterranean Environments”"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).

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Prof. Dr. Dimitris L. Bouranis
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Plant Physiology Laboratory, Crop Science Department, Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 75, 11855 Athens, Greece
Interests: plant physiology; plant nutrition physiology; sulfur physiology; sulfur nutrition; sulfur use efficiency; fertilization with sulfur-containing fertilizers; sulfur interactions with iron, nitrogen, and phosphorus, focusing on graminaceous species
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Dr. Styliani N. Chorianopoulou
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Plant Physiology Laboratory, Crop Science Department, Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 75, 11855 Athens, Greece
Interests: plant nutrition physiology; plant molecular physiology; functional plant anatomy; bioinformatics; iron nutrition; sulfur nutrition; Poaceae
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Dr. Silvia Haneklaus
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Institute for Crop and Soil Science, Julius Kühn-Institute, Bundesallee 69, D-38116 Braunschweig, Germany
Prof. Dr. Mario Malagoli
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Department of Agronomy Food Natural resources Animals and Environment, University of Padova, Agripolis, 35020 Legnaro PD, Italy
Interests: plant physiology; plant nutrition; sulfur nutrition; sulfur and abiotic stresses; sulfur fertilization; sulfur and tolerance to heavy metals; sulfur in grapevine cultivation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Board, and the Guest Editors, Plants is very pleased to announce the Call for papers for a Special Issue that will comprise selected, extended plant-related papers that will be presented during the 28th International Symposium of the Scientific Centre for Fertilizers (CIEC) “Fertilization and Nutrient Use Efficiency in Mediterranean Environments”. The Symposium will be held on 16–20 March 2020 at the Hotel Titania, Athens, Greece (http://www.ciec2020.aua.gr/).

The 28th CIEC Symposium is thematically dedicated to issues of plant nutrition, soil science, fertilizers, and fertilization with a special focus on Mediterranean environments. The event is hosted by the PLANTERRA Institute for Plant Nutrition and Soil Quality of the Agricultural University of Athens and the Hellenic Fertilizers Association, and contributions are welcome in the following general research areas: fertilizers and fertilization, plant nutrition and nutrient use efficiency, soil fertility, and environmental issues in fertilization. There will be a special focus on the following thematic clusters: stabilized fertilizers, slow-release fertilizers, nutritive bio-stimulants, fertilization for stress alleviation, new technologies for diagnosis and fertilization, sulfur, silicon, and beneficial elements

Contributors are welcome to submit original plant-related research, method, opinion, and review articles on the aforementioned topics covered during the meeting. Papers selected for this Special Issue will be subject to a rigorous peer-review procedure with the aim of the rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications. Accepted manuscripts will receive a 50% discount on the article processing charge.

Prof. Dr. Dimitris L. Bouranis
Dr. Styliani N. Chorianopoulou
Prof. Dr. Mario Malagoli
Dr. Silvia Haneklaus
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Keywords

  • Rhizosphere
  • nutrient cycling and availability
  • sustainability
  • fertilizers
  • toxic elements
  • biostimulants, plant physiological responses to mineral deficiencies
  • phytoremediation
  • plant biostimulants
  • sustainable agriculture
  • plant–soil interactions
  • nutrient cycles
  • heavy metals
  • hormones
  • antioxidants
  • transcriptomics
  • proteomics
  • metabolomics

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Regulation of Sulfate Uptake and Assimilation in Barley (Hordeum vulgare) as Affected by Rhizospheric and Atmospheric Sulfur Nutrition
Plants 2020, 9(10), 1283; https://doi.org/10.3390/plants9101283 - 28 Sep 2020
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To study the regulation of sulfate metabolism in barley (Hordeum vulgare), seedlings were exposed to atmospheric hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in the presence and absence of a sulfate supply. Sulfate deprivation reduced shoot and root biomass production by 60% and [...] Read more.
To study the regulation of sulfate metabolism in barley (Hordeum vulgare), seedlings were exposed to atmospheric hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in the presence and absence of a sulfate supply. Sulfate deprivation reduced shoot and root biomass production by 60% and 70%, respectively, and it affected the plant’s mineral nutrient composition. It resulted in a 5.7- and 2.9-fold increased shoot and root molybdenum content, respectively, and a decreased content of several other mineral nutrients. Particularly, it decreased shoot and root total sulfur contents by 60% and 70%, respectively. These decreases could be ascribed to decreased sulfate contents. Sulfate deficiency was additionally characterized by significantly lowered cysteine, glutathione and soluble protein levels, enhanced dry matter, nitrate and free amino acid contents, an increased APS reductase (APR) activity and an increased expression and activity of the root sulfate uptake transporters. When sulfate-deprived barley was exposed to 0.6 µL L−1 atmospheric H2S, the decrease in biomass production and the development of other sulfur deficiency symptoms were alleviated. Clearly, barley could use H2S, absorbed by the foliage, as a sulfur source for growth. H2S fumigation of both sulfate-deprived and sulfate-sufficient plants downregulated APR activity as well as the expression and activity of the sulfate uptake transporters. Evidently, barley switched from rhizospheric sulfate to atmospheric H2S as sulfur source. Though this indicates that sulfate utilization in barley is controlled by signals originating in the shoot, the signal transduction pathway involved in the shoot-to-root regulation must be further elucidated. Full article
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