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Special Issue "From Genes to Shape and Function: Leaf Morphogenesis at Play"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 August 2019).
Leaves are not only the main photosynthetic organs of plants and, as such, critical to plant growth and biomass production, but also provide wonderful models to study how complex biological shapes arise from simple structures, what are the evolutionary mechanisms leading to shape variation between species, and how developmental or environmental cues act to generate shape plasticity within an organism. For instance, studies on the polarization of the leaf into abaxial or adaxial domains have provided insights into the mechanisms behind patterning into different domains. Studies on leaf growth enlighten how hormones, transcription factors and small RNAs interact to regulate cell proliferation and expansion, and how these processes are integrated at the whole organ level to regulate leaf shape and size. Beside such studies that enrich our understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that contribute to organ shape elaboration, other comparative analyses between species with contrasted shapes have examplified how the apparition of a new actor, or rewiring the interactions between existing ones, can modify the regulatory network leading to shape innovations during evolution. An emerging field is to build on the knowledge of the mechanisms at play during morphogenesis to understand how they may be modified by environmental signals, such as light quantity or quality or temperature, to allow leaf plasticity. Finally, a standing question that is both of fundamental and applied interest, is the adaptive value of leaf shape in relation with its photosynthetic activity.
This Special Issue welcomes all types of papers (research papers, methods, reviews) addressing either the molecular, genetic or cellular mechanisms acting during leaf morphogenesis, their flexibility during evolution or under different environmental conditions, or the functional significance of different leaf morphologies.
Dr. Patrick Laufs
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 1200 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.
- transcription factors
- shape evolution
- organ shape/function relationship