Special Issue "New Insights into Plants’ Defense Mechanisms against Stresses"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Crop Breeding and Genetics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024 | Viewed by 240

Special Issue Editors

Polish Academy of Sciences, The Franciszek Górski Institute of Plant Physiology, Niezapominajek 21, 30-239 Krakow, Poland
Interests: brassinosteroids; abiotic stress; temperature stress; cell membranes
Dr. Maciej Grzesiak
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Guest Editor
F. Górski Institute of Plant Physiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Niezpominajek 21, 30-239 Krakow, Poland
Interests: abiotic stresses; physiological indexes of plant susceptibility to stress factors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plants are exposed to many environmental factors, both biotic (e.g., pathogen infection) and abiotic (e.g., drought, heavy metals, high soil salinity, changes in temperature and light, and UV radiation). These various environmental stresses lead to the activation of plant defense mechanisms, which include the accumulation of low-molecular-weight metabolites, synthesis of special proteins, detoxification mechanisms and changes in phytohormone levels, among others. These processes are important factors in the adaptation of plants to a changing environment, which is also associated with increased chances for their survival and reproduction.

This Special Issue will be focused on “New Insights into Plants’ Defense Mechanisms against Environmetal Stresses”. We are open to novel research papers, reviews and opinion articles describing recent advances in plants’ defense mechanisms against environmental stresses, both biotic and abiotic, such as pathogen infection, drought, extreme temperatures, high salinity of soil, UV radiation, etc.

Dr. Iwona Sadura
Dr. Maciej Grzesiak
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • environmental stress
  • biotic stress
  • abiotic stress
  • stress tolerance
  • stress responses
  • plant breeding
  • plants’ defense mechanisms

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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