Special Issue "Effects of Water Stress on the Biosynthesis and Accumulation of Secondary Metabolites in Fruit"

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: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Olfa Zarrouk
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Associação SFCOLAB - Laboratório Colaborativo para a Inovação Digital na Agricultura Smart Control & Monitoring Department, 2560-312 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: abiotic stress; fruit quality; grapevine; grafting; plant ecophysiology; grafting; plant hydraulics; precision agriculture; rootstocks; secondary metabolites; sustainable agriculture; water stress
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Dr. Carla Pinheiro
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Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Caparica, Portugal
Interests: profiling value-added bioactive compounds from plant-derived resources for biotechnological and therapeutical applications; characterization of the genetic diversity of species of forest and agricultural of interest in relation to nutritional value and yield
Prof. Dr. Isabel Lara
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1. Chemistry Department, Universitat de Lleida, 25198 Lleida, Spain
2. AGROTÈCNIO-CERCA Center, 25198 Lleida, Spain
Interests: cuticle; cell wall; flavor; fruit ripening; fruit quality; postharvest biology and technology of fruit; fruit cuticles as modulators of post harvest quality
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Dr. Cecilia Brunetti
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IPSP - Institute for Sustainable Plant Research, National Research Council of Italy, Viale delle Idee, 30 - 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, FI, Italy
Interests: drought; plant ecophysiology; plant hormones; polyphenols; secondary metabolites; water relations
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fruits constitute an important commercial and nutritional food commodity. They also represent a unique potential source for food additives, flavorings, relaxing drugs, as well as essential oils. Fruits produce and accumulate a wide range of secondary metabolites throughout their development. During fruit ripening, dramatic changes in gene expression, enzymatic activities, and metabolism lead to the production of secondary metabolites which shape the final quality characteristics. These metabolites are also major players in plant defense against biotic and abiotic environmental cues. In that sense, there is a growing interest in the effects of changed climate on the quality of many fruits. It is established that water stress coupled with higher temperature is going to definitely alter quality. However, the response to water stress depends on the stress level and on the phenological stage at which it occurs: Short-term and mild stress often leads to increased production of secondary metabolites, whereas long-term water shortage could generate the opposite results, associated with an acclimation process.

The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together the latest advances in various aspects of physiological, biochemical, and molecular impacts of limited water availability on fruit quality, with a focus on the biosynthesis and accumulation of secondary metabolites.

We warmly welcome articles (original research, reviews, modelling approaches, perspectives, opinions) that focus on factors affecting sustained fruit growth and production under water scarcity, in plants grown in an open field or greenhouse, in any fruit species, including those industry-oriented.

Dr. Olfa Zarrouk
Dr. Carla Pinheiro
Dr. Isabel Lara
Dr. Cecilia Brunetti
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 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.


  • aroma
  • alkaloids
  • deficit irrigation
  • drought
  • flavonoids
  • fruit
  • phenolics
  • terpenes
  • cuticle

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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