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Special Issue "Manganese Homeostasis in Plant"
A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.
Interests: plant chloroplasts; envelope and thylakoid membrane transporter; photosynthesis; manganese transporter; plant development
Nearly one century ago, the trace metal manganese proved to be essential for the development and productivity of plants. Manganese is involved in the activation of more than 30 enzymes and is an integral part of the manganese-containing superoxide dismutase and the oxygen evolving complex of photosystem II, which is essential for photoautotrophic growth.
For optimal plant growth, adequate manganese supply is required, and it must be well balanced. The availability of Mn2+ in soil is influenced by parameters such as pH, soil porosity, water content, and redox conditions. Therefore, plants must often adapt to fluctuations in manganese concentrations during their growth phase. Manganese deficiency symptoms develop as interveinal chlorosis on young leaves and frequently occur in alkaline soils, while manganese toxicity is one of the factors limiting crop plant production in acidic soils. In the past two decades, the molecular identification of transporters in model plants such as rice and Arabidopsis has made tremendous progress in understanding manganese uptake, translocation, distribution, and detoxification. There are also many more transporters awaiting their discovery. Moreover, many manganese hyperaccumulator species have been identified, but little is known about the underlying molecular mechanisms so far. In addition, the regulation of gene expression in response to changes in Mn2+ availability is an important aspect of manganese homeostasis, and RNA sequencing techniques can be used to study these aspects. A better understanding of manganese homeostasis in plants will in future help to improve the productivity of crops on problematic soils.
Therefore, in this Special Issue, articles (original research, perspectives, reviews, and methods) focusing on manganese homeostasis and its regulation in model plants, crops, and native species are very welcome.
Dr. Anja Schneider
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- Mn availability
- Mn nutrition
- Mn uptake efficiency
- Mn deficiency
- Mn hyperaccumulation
- Mn metabolism
- Mn distribution
- Mn detection