Special Issue "Heavy Metal Toxicity Effects on Plants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.
Although heavy metals are naturally present in the soil, geologic and anthropogenic activities increase the concentration of these elements to amounts that are harmful to plants. Some of these activities include mining and smelting of metals, burning of fossil fuels, use of fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture, and production of batteries and other metal products in industries, sewage sludge, and municipal waste disposal. Growth reduction as a result of changes in physiological and biochemical processes in plants growing on heavy metal polluted soils has been recorded. Some of the heavy metal phytotoxic manifestations include disturbance of nutrient uptake and translocation, photosynthetic reduction (decrease of photosynthetic pigments, inhibition of electron transport, decrease of CO2 fixation, chloroplast disorganization, photooxidative damage), generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), inhibitions of antioxidative enzymes, cellular redox imbalance, DNA damage, and protein oxidation. The assessment of heavy metal toxicity effects on plants will enable the evaluation of heavy metal plant-tolerant species and their use for phytoremediation of contaminated soils.
This Special Issue will focus on highlighting timely research studies addressing heavy metal toxicity effects on plants. Authors are invited and welcome to submit original research papers, reviews, and short communications.
Topics may include but are not limited to the following:
- Structural and ultrastructural malformations to heavy metal toxicity;
- Physiological and molecular mechanisms of plant responses to heavy metal toxicity;
- Antioxidant defense systems under heavy metal stress;
- Photooxidative damage and photoprotective mechanisms to heavy metal toxicity;
- Role of ROS in signaling cascades under heavy metal stress;
- Phytohormone changes to heavy metal stress;
- Phytochelatins and heavy metal toxicity.
Dr. Ilektra Sperdouli
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxics is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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.
- Heavy metals
- Nutrient deficiency
- Reactive oxygen species
- Enzymatic antioxidants
- Non-enzymatic antioxidants
- Redox state