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Special Issue "Metabolomic and Morphological Adaptations of Terrestrial Ecosystems under Global Change"
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: closed (4 April 2023) | Viewed by 11774
Special Issue Editors
Interests: plant ecology; plant ecophysiology; fire ecology; plant secondary metabolism; plant abiotic stress; global change
Interests: plant ecophysiology; abiotic stress; ozone and greenhouse gas fluxes in forest ecosystems; volatile organic compounds
Special Issue Information
Rapid global changes, occurring naturally or due to human interventions, include climate change (warming, drought, or floods depending on the region), forest fires, air pollution, land-use change, eutrophication, and their feedbacks. The capacity of natural and crop plants to adapt and survive to those changes is critical to the maintenance of the economic, ecological, and social services of terrestrial ecosystems today and in the future—that is, their sustainability.
To face those changes, plant species modulate their physiological functioning, eventually resulting in changes in their metabolome (production and composition) and morphology (growth, anatomy, and functional traits). These morphochemical modifications (in living plants and litter) are very diverse and include, non-exhaustively, aerial and belowground plant growth, litter production, leaf density, tissue, trichome and stomata development and distribution, and production of both primary (e.g., lignin, primary antioxidants) and specialized metabolites (e.g., phenolic compounds, terpenes).
Despite the vast amount of literature reporting physiological, metabolomic, and morphological modifications of vegetation under global change, experiments performed under long-term scales and/or considering the concomitant impact of several factors are especially scarce.
This interdisciplinary Special Issue welcomes the submission of articles (original research papers, perspectives, hypotheses, opinions, reviews, modeling approaches, and methods) that tackle changes in physiological, metabolomic, and morphological traits of vegetation (living plants, litter) in response to global change-related factors, in both natural and crop ecosystems. Such changes can affect vegetation functioning (e.g., plant adaptation to climate change, litter dynamics, volatile emissions, plant–organism interactions), plant flammability, and trigger environmental feedbacks by altering greenhouse gas and pollutant concentrations in the atmosphere.
Dr. Elena Ormeño
Dr. Silvano Fares
Manuscript Submission Information
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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 semimonthly 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 2400 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.
- climate adaptations
- flooding stress
- primary metabolites
- secondary metabolism
- physical defenses
- leaf imaging
- plant health
- agricultural and forest ecosystems
- vegetation flammability
- atmospheric pollution
- forest fires