Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 1st International Electronic Conference on Plant Science"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Paula Baptista
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Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Campus de Santa Apolónia, 5300-253 Bragança, Portugal
Interests: biological control; endophyte-mediated resistance to diseases; tri-partite interactions; plant–microbe interactions
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Dr. Geraint Parry
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GARNet, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
Interests: National Coordinator for the GARNet Community Research Network
Dr. Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso
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Centre for Plant Science, School of Biology, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
Interests: plant development; cell wall biophysics; cell–cell transport and callose: B-1,3 glucans; plasmodesmata
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Dr. Azahara C. Martín
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Department of Crop Genetics, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
Interests: Meiosis; recombination; polyploidy; wheat; cytogenetic; male fertility; wheat nuclear organization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Plants will include selected papers from invited speakers and registered participants of the 1st International Electronic Conference on Plant Science, which will be held online from 1 to 15 December 2020 and hosted on the MDPI Sciforum platform (https://iecps2020.sciforum.net/). A broad range of topics related to Plant Science will be discussed, including plant responses to biotic and abiotic stresses, plant nutrition, plant physiology and biochemistry, plant developmental mechanisms, plant-based cleanup technologies, and plant science communication.

Submitted papers will be subjected to peer review and published with the aim of the rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.

The Special Issue will maintain the topical subdivision of the conference in the following five fields:

  • Plant protection, Response to Stress and Climate Change;
  • Plant Nutrition, Plant Physiology and Metabolism;
  • Plant Cell and Developmental Biology;
  • Phytochemistry and Bioremediation;
  • Plant Outreach and Educational Resources.

Prof. Dr. Paula Baptista
Dr. Geraint Parry
Dr. Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso
Dr. Azahara C. Martín
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Plants is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • plant protection
  • abiotic stress tolerance
  • plant nutrition
  • plant physiology
  • plant development
  • agronomy
  • plant biotechnology

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Photosynthetic Nutrient and Water Use Efficiency of Cucumis sativus under Contrasting Soil Nutrient and Lignosulfonate Levels
Plants 2021, 10(2), 340; https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10020340 - 10 Feb 2021
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To reduce the use of commercial conventional inorganic fertilizers, the possibility of using pulp and paper industry wastes in agriculture as an alternative source of nutrients is recently under study and discussion. This work aimed to evaluate the effect of sodium lignosulfonate application [...] Read more.
To reduce the use of commercial conventional inorganic fertilizers, the possibility of using pulp and paper industry wastes in agriculture as an alternative source of nutrients is recently under study and discussion. This work aimed to evaluate the effect of sodium lignosulfonate application to soil on photosynthetic leaf nutrient (N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Mn, and Na) and water use efficiency. A pot culture experiment was conducted with cucumber seedlings, using five lignosulfonate concentrations (0, 1, 2.5, 5, and 10 vol. %) in sandy soil under sufficient or low nutrient availability for plants. The impact of nutrient availability on the plants’ physiological traits was stronger than the lignosulfonate impact. Under sufficient nutrient availability, the lignosulfonate application resulted in decreased photosynthetic N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Fe, and Na use efficiency. Cucumber growth and development, and photosynthetic nutrient, water, and light use efficiency were significantly reduced with a nutrient deficiency. The sodium lignosulfonate application was not successful in eliminating the negative effects of nutrient deficit on cucumber seedlings. Full article
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