Special Issue "The Adaptive Epigenetic Memory and Defense Priming in Plants"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Igor A. Yakovlev
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Guest Editor
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Pb 115, NO-1431 Ås, Norway
Interests: epigenetic memory in Norway spruce; transcriptomics; small RNAs; chromatin modifications; DNA methylation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Given their sessile life-style and often long generation periods, it would be beneficial for plants to create reversible response mechanisms to take advantage of the information that they acquire about their environment and to pass it onto their progeny. Experiments in several species indicate that effects of stress or other environmental conditions cause induced responses, such as acquired resistance and other forms of epigenetic-based molecular memory that help them to react more rapidly and more strongly to recurrent stress. Many recent studies have revealed mechanisms of information storage and retrieval, which include multiple epigenetic modifications of chromatin and proteins. More studies have focused on the epigenetic inheritance of responses to biotic and abiotic stresses, which might persist for several generations even without any subsequent stress exposure.

Nevertheless, much remains to be discovered; many open questions concerning molecular, physiological, and ecological aspects of stress priming and memory remain and call for further in-depth studies.

This Special Issue of Plants will summarize and highlight our growing knowledge on stress priming and memory in plants, and in their role in the interactions of plants with their environment.

Dr. Igor A. Yakovlev
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • abiotic stress
  • biotic stress
  • epigenetic regulators
  • epigenetic memory
  • priming

Published Papers

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