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Special Issue "Molecular Mechanisms and Genetics of Plant Resistance to Abiotic Stress"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).
Interests: use of a systems biology approach to comprehensively understand plant desiccation tolerance; use of biochemistry, bioinformatics, biotechnology, cell biology, molecular biology and physiology
Interests: investigate the evolution and the mechanisms regulating plant desiccation tolerance
Crop yield reduction, as a consequence of increasingly-severe climatic events (extended drought, flooding, extremes of temperature) and soil degradation due to poor agricultural practices and human related disturbances (increased salinity, heavy metal accumulation), is posing a real threat to food security. The estimated cost of the overall loss in food and fibre production due to abiotic stresses is estimated at US$120 billion p.a. and is predicted to increase. Genetic loci of stress resistance and/or tolerance have been reported within the germplasm of crops, their wild relatives and species that are adapted to extreme environments. However, plant responses to abiotic stresses are complex. Increasing evidence from field and molecular studies suggests that plant responses to a single stress may elicit a variety of different strains and conversely, different stresses can result in similar strains. For more complete understanding of mechanisms of plant resilience to abiotic stresses it is thus imperative to use more integrative, systems-level approaches. In this Special Issue we wish to explore the intricacies of plant responses to abiotic stress(es) at the genetic and molecular levels, which in turn would explain physiological and phenotypical responses observed.
Prof. Jill M. Farrant
Dr. Maria-Cecília D. Costa
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