Special Issue "Plants Subjected to Salinity Stress"

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: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ewa Hanus-Fajerska
Guest Editor
Department of Botany, Physiology and Plant Protection, Faculty of Biotechnology and Horticulture, University of Agriculture in Krakow
Interests: stress tolerance; halophytes; salinity; drought; environmental factors; adaptation; plant growth and development; agricultural biotechnology
Dr. Iwona Kamińska
Co-Guest Editor
Department of Botany, Physiology and Plant Protection, Faculty of Biotechnology and Horticulture, University of Agriculture in Krakow
Interests: plants’ response to stress, stress tolerance, salt stress, drought, antioxidative system in plants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Salinity gradient is one of plant diversity determinants in land and water ecosystems. Species that grow in saline habitats, salt marshes, salt deserts, mangroves, or near the sea shores are termed halophytes. Currently, salinity is one of the major stressors of plants, and salt-tolerant species usually have to cope with several other abiotic constraints occurring simultaneously in their natural environment. The important problem worldwide, even in semi-arid areas, is not only drought, but also the successive salinization of arable land. Therefore, researchers are becoming increasingly interested in a group of xerohalophytes that display an excellent ability to grow in salinized environments characterized by low water availability. Some of these species have been applied to fixation of sand dunes or may be used for phytoremediation schemes of saline agricultural areas.

This Special Issue welcomes recent articles related to all the above mentioned areas. Multidisciplinary comparative studies are also welcome. Particular emphasis is also placed on high-value Products obtained as a result of halophyte cultivation. We think that the readers of the MDPI journal Plants will benefit from every viewpoint presented by this wide scientific community.

Prof. Dr. Ewa Hanus-Fajerska
Dr. Iwona Kamińska
Guest Editors

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  • ecophysiology
  • salt tolerant plants
  • saline vegetation
  • drought tolerance
  • xerohalophytes
  • plant metabolites
  • root extracellular activity
  • root system
  • microbiota

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: The tolerance of garlic germplasm to salt stress and its relationship with morphological and physiological traits
Authors: Jalil Ahmad
Affiliation: Key Laboratory of Biology and Genetic Improvement of Horticultural Crops, Institute of Vegetables
Abstract: Salinity stress is one of the significant factors that reduce agricultural productivity worldwide. The production of garlic (Allium sativum) as an important vegetable and condiment crop is seriously threatened by salt damage especially in China being the biggest garlic producer in the world. Therefore, it is of significance to develop salt-tolerant varieties based on understanding the response of various garlic germplasm to salt (NaCl) stress. In this study, we investigated the effects of NaCl (0.25mol/L) on the growth and physiological characteristics of 81 garlic germplasm and evaluated for salt-tolerance at the seedling stage. The results showed that there is a wide variation of salt injury index (SI) from 26.55 to 100.00 among these accessions. One highly tolerant accession and nine salt-tolerant accessions were screened out. In addition, we found that the growth and physiological attributes under salt stress were positively correlated with each other, and negatively correlated with the SI. Furthermore, we discover that salt stress decreased plant growth by affecting transpiration, chlorophyll contents, and net assimilation in garlic plants. This study is of great significance for the garlic salt-tolerant genetic improvement and utilization of salt-tolerant garlic varieties in saline soil exploitation.

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