Special Issue "Plant Senescence"
A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2015).
Leaf senescence is the final stage in leaf development and is a highly regulated, systematic process with a great impact on yield, biomass and nitrogen partitioning. During senescence, nutrients are mobilized from photosynthetically inefficient leaves to actively growing organs including young leaves and seeds. Thus senescence is a process that supports whole-plant development. Although developmental age is the primary factor mediating the initiation and progression of leaf senescence, additional factors such as environmental parameters and abiotic stresses can alter the timing of the senescence process to a great extent. Both types of senescence, developmental and stress-induced, are mediated by signaling molecules including phytohormones (e.g., ethylene and ABA) and reactive oxygen species (ROS), among others, and involve the action of transcription factors (TFs) that regulate target genes and altogether establish gene regulatory networks (GRNs). Besides leaves, other organs, such as flowers, fruits and roots, eventually undergo senescence which affects the whole-plant nutrient economy and developmental patterns.
During the past decade, much attention has been directed towards understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying senescence of leaves and other organs. This Special Issue is aimed at establishing a wide collection of articles (original research papers, hypotheses, opinions, reviews, modeling approaches and methods) that focus on the process of senescence at different levels of biological organization, from individual cells to entire plants. We are particularly interested in receiving contributions that address regulation of leaf and organ senescence from various layers, such as the epigenome, transcriptome, proteome and metabolome in dicot or monocot species. Additionally, articles addressing evolution of senescence are highly welcome.
Dr. Salma Balazadeh
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- leaf senescence;
- abiotic stress;
- nutrient remobilization;
- transcription factors;
- gene regulatory networks (GRNs)