Special Issue "Biostimulants as Growth Promoting and Stress Protecting Compounds"

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 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Chrystalla Antoniou
Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology & Food Science, Cyprus University of Technology, P.O. Box 50329, 3603 Lemesos, Cyprus
Interests: Plant growth promotion; abiotic stresses; priming technologies; biostimulants; plant biotechnology; plant physiology; plant molecular biology.
Prof. Dr. Raffaella Maria Balestrini
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection National Research Council of Italy, IPSP-CNR, Turin, Italy
Interests: cell wall; genomics and functional genomics of symbiotic fungi; mycorrhizal fungi; plant-microbe interactions; abiotic stresses
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Dr. Vasileios Fotopoulos
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology & Food Science Cyprus University of Technology P.O. Box 50329, 3603 Lemesos, Cyprus
Interests: abiotic stress; antioxidants; priming; reactive oxygen species; reactive nitrogen species; reactive sulfur species; growth promotion; cellular signaling; plant biotechnology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plant biostimulants, or sometimes referred to as agricultural biostimulants, are a diverse category of substrates derived from natural and biological sources with functions in plant growth and development from seed germination to plant maturity. The use of biostimulants in agriculture has become a common practice, providing a number of benefits to plants and the environment, since they are an attractive alternative to synthetic compounds. Biostimulants are usually a mixture of microorganisms and natural products, such as protein hydrolysates, humic and fulvic basic nutrients, and extracts from plants and algae. The application of biostimulants improves the efficiency of plant metabolism that further induces plant growth and yield, enhancing plant tolerance against abiotic and biotic stresses and improving the quality of crops. Exploring the benefits of existing and novel biostimulants in plants and the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects opens up new directions of research.

The general concept of this Special Issue is to provide an up-to-date overview in the use of biostimulants in agriculture to enhance plant growth and plant adaptation to stress factors. In particular, submissions of review and original research articles reporting novel scientific findings on the following, but not limited to, topics are welcome:

  • Biostimulants to promote plant growth;
  • Biostimulants to enhance plant stress tolerance against abiotic stresses;
  • Biostimulants to enhance plant stress tolerance against biotic stresses;
  • Biostimulants to improve crop quality;
  • Novel biostimulants in agriculture.

Dr. Chrystalla Antoniou
Dr. Raffaella Maria Balestrini
Dr. Vasileios Fotopoulos
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 1600 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.


  • biostimulants
  • algal extracts
  • amino acids
  • plant growth
  • plant metabolism
  • plant nutrients
  • stress tolerance
  • biotic stress
  • abiotic stress
  • yield
  • crop physiology
  • crop quality

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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