Special Issue "Plants and the Impact of Environmentally Hazardous Chemicals: An Approach between Tolerance and Sensitivity"

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: 15 December 2022 | Viewed by 235

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Anca Sutan
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Guest Editor
Department of Natural Sciences, University of Pitesti, 1 Targu din Vale Str., 110040 Pitesti, Arges, Romania
Interests: plant biotechnology; genetics; genomics; cell biology; cloning; plant biology; water quality
Dr. Liliana Soare
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Guest Editor
Natural Science Department, Faculty of Sciences, Physical Education and Informatics, University of Pitesti, 110040 Pitesti, Romania
Interests: medicinal plants antioxidants; antioxidant activity; ferns; polyphenols; natural products; plant extracts; phytotoxicity
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The study of the quality of life at any level on Earth is a topical issue, and the balance of the biosphere is inextricably linked to changes in the environment induced by anthropogenic influence. Industries, urbanization, animal husbandry and agricultural practices are sources of pollution that continuously enrich, at an accelerated pace, the range of environmental contaminants. The processes of continuous release of hazardous compounds into the atmosphere, water and soil induce and generate morphological, physiological, biochemical and cytogenetic changes on plants, affect plant growth, alter plant–environment relationships and could have a negative impact on biodiversity. The effects of various contaminants are frequently reported in the literature, but further investigations into the increased toxicity of pollutants, the cytochemical behaviour of coexisting hazardous substances, and the ecological, economic and social consequences are absolutely necessary. Despite the fact that plants are a vital resource in tackling pollution, the limits of plant exploitation in phytoremediation or tolerant plants as biomonitors, as well as the impact of the absorption and accumulation of pollutants in the food chain are not well defined. Plant protection and conservation, the design and implementation of management strategies, furthermore the support and promotion of pollution reduction approaches must be the priorities of the world driven by the principle of sustainable development.

Dr. Anca Sutan
Dr. Liliana Cristina Soare
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • plant growth
  • plant-environment relationships
  • morphological changes
  • physiological changes
  • biochemical changes
  • cytogenotoxicity
  • phytoremediation
  • biomonitors
  • hazardous chemicals
  • coexisting contaminants
  • ecological consequences
  • plant conservation
  • sustainable development

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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