Special Issue "Photoreceptor Signaling in Plants under Environmental Stress"

A special issue of Cells (ISSN 2073-4409).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 March 2024 | Viewed by 625

Special Issue Editors

К.А. Timiryazev Institute of Plant Physiology RAS, 35 Botanicheskaya St., 12 7276 Moscow, Russia
Interests: photosynthesis; plant physiology; environmental stress; abiotic stress; UV radiation; photoreceptor signalling; cyanobacteria; algal; ROS; nonphotochemical quenching (NPQ); chlorophyll fluorescence; salt stress; hydrogen energy; artificial photosynthesis
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K.A. Timiryazev Institute of Plant Physiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Botanicheskaya Street 35, 127276 Moscow, Russia
Interests: light signaling; RNA interference; improved plant nutrition due to light quality
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is devoted to recent advances and insights into photoreceptor signaling in plants and algae under various environmental stresses. It draws together multidisciplinary research focusing on the molecular mechanisms that regulate plant responses to stress conditions and the crucial role of photoreceptors in such adaptive strategies. This Special Issue is also devoted to experimental research and review articles presenting novel findings about the structure and function of various photoreceptors, elucidating the mechanisms through which they detect and respond to environmental signals. This Special Issue accepts investigations into the biophysical properties of the photoreceptors, coupled with biochemical and genetic studies, revealing the inner workings of their interactions with other components of the cellular signaling machinery.

This Special Issue encompasses studies on how plant cells utilize photoreceptor signaling to modulate growth, development, and survival in challenging environments. Additionally, this Special Issue includes cutting-edge techniques and methodologies applied in plant signaling research, providing a broad perspective on the complexity of plant stress responses at the cellular and organismal levels. It is our hope that this Special Issue will shed light on the technological advancements contributing to our understanding of photoreceptor signaling in plants. Studies devoted to the use of 'omics' technologies, such as genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics, to unravel the complexity of plant stress responses will also be included in this Special Issue. Additionally, advancements in bioinformatics tools and machine learning and artificial intelligence approaches to handle and interpret such high-throughput data will be highlighted, offering a glance into the future of plant stress research.

This Special Issue will explore the role of the interplay between photoreceptor signaling and plant hormonal pathways and the effect of light quality on plant stress resistance, in addition to including studies into the genetic and epigenetic aspects of photoreceptor signaling on the intricate regulatory networks that dictate plant adaptation to environmental stressors.

Prof. Dr. Suleyman Allakhverdiev
Dr. Pavel Pashkovskiy
Guest Editors

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  • photoreceptor signaling
  • adaptive strategies
  • plants and algae
  • abiotic and biotic stresses

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The Adaptive Role of Carotenoids and Anthocyanins in Solanum lycopersicum Pigment Mutants under High Irradiance
Cells 2023, 12(21), 2569; https://doi.org/10.3390/cells12212569 - 03 Nov 2023
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The effects of high-intensity light on the pigment content, photosynthetic rate, and fluorescence parameters of photosystem II in high-pigment tomato mutants (hp 3005) and low-pigment mutants (lp 3617) were investigated. This study also evaluated the dry weight percentage of low molecular [...] Read more.
The effects of high-intensity light on the pigment content, photosynthetic rate, and fluorescence parameters of photosystem II in high-pigment tomato mutants (hp 3005) and low-pigment mutants (lp 3617) were investigated. This study also evaluated the dry weight percentage of low molecular weight antioxidant capacity, expression patterns of some photoreceptor-regulated genes, and structural aspects of leaf mesophyll cells. The 3005 mutant displayed increased levels of photosynthetic pigments and anthocyanins, whereas the 3617 mutant demonstrated a heightened content of ultraviolet-absorbing pigments. The photosynthetic rate, photosystem II activity, antioxidant capacity, and carotenoid content were most pronounced in the high-pigment mutant after 72 h exposure to intense light. This mutant also exhibited an increase in leaf thickness and water content when exposed to high-intensity light, suggesting superior physiological adaptability and reduced photoinhibition. Our findings indicate that the enhanced adaptability of the high-pigment mutant might be attributed to increased flavonoid and carotenoid contents, leading to augmented expression of key genes associated with pigment synthesis and light regulation. Full article
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