Special Issue "Heavy Metal Stress in 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: 31 January 2021.
Interests: plant responses to stress factors; phytoremediation; biotechnological methods of environmental protection; cultivation of metalophytes on industial wastes; ecotypes; multiple stress factors; plant tissue culture
Interests: plant responses to abiotic stress; functioning of extremophytes under abiotic stress; mechanisms of co-tolerance to multiple stresses; plant tissue cultures; in vitro selection towards enhanced tolerance to metallic stress
The demand for non-ferrous metals, such as lead, zinc, cadmium, silver, nickel, bismuth, cobalt, copper, chromium, tungsten, or gold, is still very high among others because of its resistance to rust and corrosion, and additionally most of them are useful in manufacturing electronic equipment, electrical power cables or metal constructions and many other industrial applications. Therefore, economically viable deposits of ore deposits containing these elements are still exploited worldwide. Ores mining, its processing and further industrial production using those elements is associated with very severe environmental pollution. Especially agroecosystems receive large ammounts of heavy metals through water or via air and hence the contamination of crops that causes cancers in humans.
Currently, due to the need for sustainable development, we should only use ecologically justified technologies of environmental remediation, including phytoremediation. However, we still need to improve the methodology of this biological process, especially when the matrix (soil or water) is contaminated with a mixture of heavy metals and in addition plants are subjected to additional stress factors such as permanent water shortage on land, salinity or temperature stress. Alternative approaches include the use of soil amendments, biotization or mycorrhization of plants to increase their tolerance and thus survival in such difficult growing conditions. Those are precisely these aspects of improving phytoremediation schemes that scientists should now focus on to urgently reduce the exposition of human populations to contaminated food, resulting in a steady increase in cancer incidence.
For this reason, in this Special Issue we invite all persons interested in (i) improving the condition of plants used in remediation, and (ii) the increase in their selection for individual habitat conditions. As we should also be focused on the problem of (iii) plant response to multistress and (v) possible ways to mitigation of its effects, hence we cordially invite all scientists working in this field to present the results of their research. (iv) New research approaches and comprehensive analysis are of particular interest.
Research articles, reviews and viewpoints related to the topics of Special Issue are welcome. Literally all, even not fully completed, results of scientific research and any opinion on your part will be helpful for the international scientific community studying the above issues.
Prof. Dr. Ewa Hanus-Fajerska
Prof. Dr. Alina Wiszniewska
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- heavy metals
- plant stress
- stress mitigation
- available plants