Special Issue "Roles of Cytokinins in Plants and Their Response to Environmental Stimuli"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Physiology and Metabolism".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. R.J. Neil Emery

Trent University, Department of Biology, Peterborough, Canada
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Interests: plant physiological and molecular development; physiological ecology; hormone signaling; cytokinins; biotic and abiotic interactions with plants
Guest Editor
Dr. Anna Kisiala

Trent University, Department of Biology, Peterborough, Canada
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Interests: phytohormone profiling by HPLC-MS/MS; cytokinin role in plant interactions with environment; plant growth promoting bacteria

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cytokinins (CKs) are adenine-derived, small-molecule plant growth regulators that control aspects of almost all plant growth and development processes. Internally, CKs play significant roles in plant cell division, nutrient allocation, and photosynthetic performance, and they are also detection and signalling agents for plant responses to the environmental challenges. CK functions in plant metabolism include plant adaptations to various abiotic stresses as well as their regulatory role in plant interactions with biotic components of the environment. Interestingly, CK biosynthesis is not exclusive to plants. New genetic and chemical approaches have revealed that both beneficial (symbiotic microorganisms) and detrimental (pathogenic bacteria, fungi, or insects) non-plant biota can secrete these phytohormones to purposefully modify plant metabolism. Therefore, while many open questions remain about how CKs are actively utilized by plants and plant-interacting organisms, CK roles should be seen more broadly, as signalling molecules for which effects range from within cells to as far as interkingdom relationships.

In this Special Issue of Plants, authors are invited to publish reviews, mini-reviews, and research articles on several aspects of cytokinin biosynthesis, metabolism, and functions within plants and among plant-associated organisms. This Special Issue welcomes advances in towards knowledge about multilayered mechanisms of cytokinin contribution both within plants and those involved in plant interactions with biotic and abiotic challenges faced during the plant life cycle.

Prof. R.J. Neil Emery
Dr. Anna Kisiala
Guest Editors

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  • cytokinin
  • biosynthesis and metabolism
  • structure–role
  • hormonal response
  • abiotic stress
  • biotic interactions
  • interkingdom signaling

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