Special Issue "Biostimulants in Plants Science"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.
Interests: biostimulants; plant physiology; biofortification; horticulture; hydroponics; postharvest; secondary metabolism
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The demand for natural products has augmented in recent years due to the increase in intolerance shown against certain chemical compounds used in agriculture by humans. In response to this problem, innovative methods and novel matrices have been exploited to obtain products that are able to increase the efficiency of plant nutrient use. One approach to increasing crop productivity is the development of environment-friendly organic products named biostimulants which stimulate plant growth by enhancing the efficiency of chemical fertilizers. Plant biostimulants are substances and/or micro-organisms that can promote plant growth and yield and improve produce quality as well as resource use efficiency when applied to crops in low amounts. Biostimulants include humic substances, protein hydrolysates, seaweed, plant extracts, and beneficial microorganisms. These compounds have been shown to influence the metabolism, enhance the productivity, and increased the tolerance of plants to environmental adverse conditions. Conversely, the specific physiological mechanisms underlying plant-biostimulant interactions remain partially unknown. Consequently, scientific research needs to elucidate the mechanisms activated by biostimulants.
This Special Issue of Plants aims to present a collection of high quality relevant scientific papers to promote discussions and inform the scientific community of significant new information within this new field.
Dr. Andrea Ertani
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 1800 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.
- plant biostimulants
- natural substances
- protein hydrolysates
- seaweed and plant extracts
- humic substances
- abiotic stresses
- organic agriculture