Plant Responses to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses: From Cellular to Morphological Changes
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 January 2022) | Viewed by 12919
Interests: plant-microbe interaction; stress physiology plants responses to biotic and abiotic stress; crop protection; biological control
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In times of climate change, agricultural production systems are exposed to changing environmental conditions. With 7.27 billion inhabitants to date, the world population is projected to reach 9.1 billion people by 2050. Over the coming decades, global agriculture will face multiple challenges since the demand for food continues to grow rapidly with the same trend. In addition to an increase in food production, we need to significantly improve the resilience of food production to face detrimental environmental impacts, including biotic and abiotic stresses.
During their lifecycle, plants have to cope with many abiotic and biotic stresses, each affecting their development or growth. Among these stresses, biotic stress (caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, nematodes, insects …) and abiotic stress (such as flooding, cold, heat, salinity, or drought) can be distinguished. However, being sessile in nature, plants cannot escape from these stress, and instead adapt transcriptional, molecular, physiological, and morphological changes within their system to overcome the adverse conditions.
Therefore, understanding plant responses to these stresses implies a deep description of the mechanisms that operate at the physiological and molecular levels, which include complex transduction pathways, from signal perception to physiological responses. For this research topic, we welcome reviews, perspective, original research, opinions, and methods to underline the latest exciting progress on the understanding of systems biology and the molecular, physiological, and biochemical responses of plants to abiotic and biotic stresses. Some of the potential themes of this topic include but are not limited to:
- Effect of climate change elements on plant fitness;
- Crops performances under biotic and abiotic stress;
- Biotic and abiotic stresses physiology and management;
- Signaling transduction pathways and networks, from signal perception to physiological responses;
- Plant acclimation mechanisms;
- Plant defense activators and biostimulants to cope with biotic and abiotic stresses.
Prof. Dr. Essaid Ait Barka
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