Special Issue "Mineral Nutrition and Plant Responses to Environmental Changes"

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: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Hazem M. Kalaji
Guest Editor
Department of Plant Physiology, Faculty of Agriculture and Biology, Warsaw University of Life Sciences SGGW, Warsaw, Poland
Interests: fluorescence sensors; chlorophyll fluorescence analysis; photochemistry of photosynthesis; plant stress; physiology of plants and algae; plant talk and machine learning
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Dr. Manzer Hussain Siddiqui
Guest Editor
Department of Botany and Microbiology, College of Science, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Interests: environmental stress; crop physiology and biochemistry; plant growth regulation; plant nutrition; crop production
Dr. M. Nasir Khan

Guest Editor
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, College of Haql, University of Tabuk, Tabuk 71491,Saudi Arabia
Interests: mineral nutrition of crop plants; stress physiology; mechanism of abiotic stress tolerance; hydrogen sulfide and nitric oxide signaling, and phytohormones

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Environmental stresses that undermine the manageability of agriculture are apparently heightening. In the last couple of decades, abiotic stresses have become a significant subject of worry for plant biologists. To adapt all of these environmental stresses, plants have evolved sophisticated signaling and protective mechanisms to escape and tolerate at morphological, physiological, biochemical, molecular, and anatomical levels. Their proper plant functioning, adaptation, and tolerance against different environmental stresses depend on the adequate supply of macro‐ and micronutrients, nutrient use efficiency, and nutrient homeostasis. In addition, signaling of gasotransmitters such as nitric oxide (NO), carbon monoxide (CO), and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and reactive oxygen species (ROS), accumulation of plant growth regulators and regulation of gene expression are also well associated with the tolerance of plants to abiotic stress.

Usually, nutrient imbalances affect signaling by modifying the synthesis or degradation of these signaling molecules that further accelerate the intensity of abiotic stresses. Mineral nutrients not only provide nourishment to the plants but also play crucial roles in the regulation of gene expression, enzyme activity, and biosynthesis of plant hormones and macromolecules under normal and abiotic stress conditions. However, nutrient deficiency alters physiological, biochemical, and molecular functions and makes plants more vulnerable and weaker to fight against abiotic stresses. Therefore, we can consider several roles of mineral nutrients in various aspects of plant science.

However, vague information is available on the mechanism(s) by which nutrients provide protection to plants against adverse environmental conditions. In view of this, it is critical to understand the role of essential and beneficial nutrients in minimizing the harmful effects of abiotic stresses and their mode of action in physiological and molecular processes by which these nutrients affect tolerance of plants against different environmental stresses.

This Special Issue invites plant biologists working in the field of plant physiology, molecular biology, agronomy, and genetic engineering to contribute their novel research findings in the form of full-length research articles, short communications, reviews, mini-reviews, and opinion articles.

Prof. Dr. Hazem M. Kalaji
Prof. Dr. Francisco J. Corpas
Dr. Manzer Hussain Siddiqui
Dr. M. Nasir Khan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • modern methods based on fast and noninvasive techniques for early detection of nutrient deficiency
  • plant nutrition
  • essential and beneficial nutrients
  • nutrient deficiency
  • nutrient use efficiency
  • abiotic stress
  • nanofertilizers
  • nutrient uptake
  • transport and assimilation
  • nutritional value of crops
  • crop productivity
  • cellular oxidative damage
  • nutrient sensing and signaling
  • plant hormone and nutrient signaling
  • molecular approach to plant nutrition

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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