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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 August 2023 | Viewed by 65915
Special Issue Editors
Interests: plant growth promotion; abiotic stresses; priming technologies; biostimulants; plant biotechnology; plant physiology; plant molecular biology.
Interests: plant-microbe interactions, mycorrhizal fungi, response to environmental stresses
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Special Issue Information
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
Manuscript Submission Information
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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 semimonthly 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 2400 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.
- algal extracts
- amino acids
- plant growth
- plant metabolism
- plant nutrients
- stress tolerance
- biotic stress
- abiotic stress
- crop physiology
- crop quality
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Silicon enhances root morphological traits in diverse crops
Authors: Yong Suk Chung
Affiliation: Jeju National University
Abstract: A silicon (Si) treatment to crops enhances various physiological responses such as root and shoot growth, nutrient absorption, resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses. Si uptakes from soil as a silicic acid form by efflux transporter genes (Lsi1) and then Si transports to shoot parts with transpiration stream. Through many Si researches, we understood how Si moved to shoot parts as well as how Si induced various physiological response however, we rarely knew Si effect on root morphology relatively. The whole root system has significance in crop productivity. Extensive root studies involve investigation of root morphology and root system architecture (RSA). Root morphology represents root diameter, cap, root hairs, appearance of pattern of secondary roots, whereas RSA describes the spatial configuration in the soil and defines the shape and structure of the root system. Even root morphology is very import for increase crops yield, only few researches were conducted due to difficulty of root investigation. Recently, image analysis has evolved in agricultural area thus, several evidences related to Si effect on root morphology have been identified. For this reason, in this review, we summarized Si effect on root morphology in diverse crops to help understanding. Furthermore, we briefly discussed various root analysis methods such as root scanning method, endoscope method, 2D and 3D imaging analysis to apply high throughput phenotyping in this review.