Special Issue "Chromatin Integration and Dynamics of Environmental Cues"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Giorgio Perrella
Guest Editor
ENEA, Trisaia Research Center, 75026 Rotondella (MT), Italy
Interests: epigenetics; abiotic stress; light signalling; Arabidopsis and bio-refinery crops
Dr. Jordi Moreno-Romero
Guest Editor
CRAG (Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics), 08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona), Spain
Interests: epigenetics; histone modifications; light signalling; shade response; seed development; Arabidopsis
Dr. Serena Varotto

Guest Editor
University of Padova Department of Agronomy Animal Food Natural Resources and Environment (DAFNAE), Viale dell’Università, 16, 35020 Legnaro (PD) Italy
Interests: Epigenetics of crop adaptation to environmental challenges
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Dr. Stefanie Rosa
Guest Editor
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Linnean Center for Plant Biology, Uppsala 75007, Sweden
Interests: gene regulation; nuclear organization; cell biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Chromatin represents the nuclear complex formed between DNA, RNA and proteins contained in eukaryotic cells. Chromatin structure and function are highly dynamic and responsive to environmental cues. Such responses are especially reflected in the plasticity of plants, sessile organisms that learn to adapt and alter their development and growth according to their surroundings. In this context, the ability of the epigenetic status to rapidly respond and modify gene expression is a key component of plants’ flexibility and power to survive in a constantly changing environment.

This Special Issue is open to research and review articles presenting novel findings focusing on the dynamics and stability of chromatin states and modifications and their integration in regulating environmental responses, including drought, temperature and light.

In particular, we welcome research paper on the following topics:

  • Histone modifiers and abiotic/biotic stress;
  • Genome adaptation and stability;
  • Epigenetic integration of signaling responses;
  • RNA structure.

Dr. Giorgio Perrella
Dr. Jordi Moreno-Romero
Dr. Serena Varotto
Dr. Stefanie Rosa
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • response/adaptation to environmental changes
  • plant epigenetics
  • drought
  • temperature
  • nuclear architecture
  • chromatin organization
  • chromatin regulation
  • stress memory
  • histone modifications
  • priming
  • transcriptional reprogramming
  • gene expression
  • non-coding RNAs

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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