Special Issue "Seed Germination, Stress Tolerance and Aging: Physiological and Molecular Aspects"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Seed Science and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2024 | Viewed by 314

Special Issue Editors

Department of Biology and Biotechnology 'Lazzaro Spallanzani', University of Pavia, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Interests: seed quality; seed vigor; seed germination; seed priming; pre-germinative metabolism; DNA damage response
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Association BLC3—Campus of Technology and Innovation, Centre BIO R&D Unit | North Delegation, Rua Comendador Emílio Augusto Pires, Edifício Side Up, 5340-257 Macedo de Cavaleiros, Portugal
Interests: agricultural innovation; abiotic stress responses; omics approaches; seed development and germination; seed technology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Seed quality is crucial to optimize sowing and ensure high yields for farmers across the globe. Exposure to biotic and abiotic stresses is a threat at different stages of seed germination and seedling establishment, with severe implications on final quality and yield, which are worsened by ongoing climate change. Even before sowing, seed aging processes progressively deteriorate seed quality, with consequences on their storability and, ultimately, the long-term preservation of agrobiodiversity. Seed quality is a complex trait relying on a network of physiological and molecular features, with a degree of intra- and interspecific variability.  This has implications not only in shaping their interaction with environmental stressors and storage conditions, but in optimizing seed lot management and the development of invigoration protocols.

The scope of this Special Issue covers the physiological and molecular aspects of seed metabolism underlying stress tolerance and aging, including dormancy, hormonal regulation, osmoprotectant accumulation, antioxidant mechanisms, and DNA damage response, among others. It is open to original research, reviews, and opinion articles describing interdisciplinary and high-throughput approaches to elucidate these mechanisms in crop and wild species, as well as their impact on the development of pre- and postsowing techniques to improve seed quality and vigor.

Dr. Andrea Pagano
Dr. Susana de Sousa Araujo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • seed quality
  • seed vigor
  • seed germination
  • seed aging
  • accelerated aging
  • artificial aging
  • seed priming
  • pregerminative metabolism
  • biotic and abiotic stress responses
  • climate-ready crops

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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