Special Issue "Interaction Between Abiotic and Biotic Stresses in Plants"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Sylvie Renault
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba, W479 Duff Roblin Bldg, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2, Canada
Interests: plant stress physiology; salinity tolerance of northern woody plants and medicinal plants; cross tolerance (salinity and cold; salinity and herbivory); revegetation of mine tailings
Guest Editor
Dr. Germán Avila Sakar
Department of Biology, University of Winnipeg, 599 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2G3, Canada
Fax: +1 204 774 2401
Interests: plant-animal interactions; herbivory; tolerance; resistance; resource allocation; sexual systems of plants; dioecy; monoecy; pollination; evolution of plant responses to herbivores; evolution of plant mating systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plants are continually facing a host of environmental challenges that alter to varying degrees their capacity to survive, grow, and reproduce. Commonly, studies of abiotic stress in plants leave out the possible effects of biotic interactions. Conversely, studies of biotic interactions neglect the possible role of abiotic stress. Salinity and herbivores are two common environmental challenges encountered by many plants. While most salinity studies are done from a physiological perspective, studies of herbivory  tend to take  an ecological or evolutionary perspective.  Recently, more researchers have started to focus on the interaction between the responses of plants to biotic and abiotic stresses. This approach has forced researchers to juxtapose the eco-evolutionary and the physiological frameworks both conceptually and methodologically. Some of the biotic and abiotic factors that have been studied simultaneously include drought, flooding, frost, heavy metals and wind as abiotic factors, and infection by plant pathogens (rusts, wilts, smuts, viruses, etc.), herbivores (including miners, gallers, aphids, chewers, seed parasites), and pollinators as biotic factors. We have found fewer studies addressing the simultaneous effects of salinity and herbivory, so we are seeking authors who wish to publish recent results in this area. Any other studies that address the interaction between biotic and abiotic stress factors in plants are also welcome, particularly those studies that combine the eco-evolutionary and physiological frameworks. Given the relatively larger number of published studies on pathogens, we would prefer studies including herbivores or pollinators.

Dr. Sylvie Renault,
Dr. Germán Avila-Sakar
Guest Editors


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  • plant stress interaction
  • biotic and abiotic stresses
  • plant response to multiple stresses
  • cross tolerance

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p. 458-475
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Plants 2014, 3(4), 458-475; doi:10.3390/plants3040458
Received: 13 May 2014 / Revised: 29 July 2014 / Accepted: 8 October 2014 / Published: 15 October 2014
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p. 427-441
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Plants 2014, 3(3), 427-441; doi:10.3390/plants3030427
Received: 2 May 2014 / Revised: 11 August 2014 / Accepted: 20 August 2014 / Published: 29 August 2014
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p. 712-725
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Plants 2013, 2(4), 712-725; doi:10.3390/plants2040712
Received: 3 October 2013 / Revised: 30 October 2013 / Accepted: 31 October 2013 / Published: 8 November 2013
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Plants 2013, 2(4), 635-649; doi:10.3390/plants2040635
Received: 6 August 2013 / Revised: 25 September 2013 / Accepted: 9 October 2013 / Published: 18 October 2013
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