Special Issue "Plant Physiological Responses to Climate 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: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Inmaculada Pascual Elizalde
Guest Editor
Department of Environmental Biology, University of Navarra, 31008 Pamplona, Spain
Interests: climate change; water deficit; elevated temperature; elevated CO2; UV-B radiation; adaptation strategies to climate change; plant growth; plant physiology; plant stress physiology; fruit composition; grapevine biology
Dr. Fermin Morales
Guest Editor
Agrobiotechnology Institute (IdAB-CSIC)-Gobierno de Navarra, Avda. de Pamplona 123, 31192 Mutilva, Navarra, Spain
Interests: agronomy; elevated CO2; elevated temperature; grapevine biology; photosynthesis; plant adaptation to climate change; plant nutrition; plant physiology; plant stress physiology; water stress
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

According to the last Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions have increased since the pre-industrial era, CO2 being one of the main contributors. As a consequence, the warming of the climate system is unequivocal. Surface temperature is projected to rise over the 21st century under all assessed emission scenarios, and an increase in the frequency of extreme temperature events, such as heatwaves, is also very likely. Projected changes in rainfall patterns may involve a decrease in soil water availability in mid-latitude and subtropical dry regions, as well as increases in soil salinity. Abiotic stress factors associated with climate change exert adverse effects on crop physiology, such as limitation of growth and development, and alterations in plant phenology and crop quality. Within this context, the knowledge of the physiological responses of plants to multiple changing stress factors associated with climate change will help to the development of successful adaptation strategies to mitigate the impact of future environmental conditions on crops.

This Special Issue of Plants will analyze, from a multidisciplinary approach (ecophysiology, metabolomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, etc.) the impact of abiotic stresses associated with climate change on plant performance and crop quality. Contributions about adaptation strategies to climate change in agricultural crops and forest (from leaf to plant and canopy organizations levels) are also welcome.

Dr. Inmaculada Pascual Elizalde
Prof. Dr. Fermín Morales Iribas
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 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.


  • Water deficit
  • Elevated CO2
  • Elevated temperature
  • Soil salinity
  • Plant phenology
  • Gas exchange
  • Plant water relations
  • Plant metabolism
  • Plant growth
  • Crop yield
  • Crop quality

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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