Special Issue "Stress Resistance of Rubber Trees: From Genetics to Ecosystem"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 13 December 2023 | Viewed by 4869
Interests: environmental science; agricultural plant science; woody plant; genetics; molecular biology; biotechnology
Interests: plant physiology and ecology; rubber tree cultivation physiology; abiotic stress
Natural rubber is an indispensable and irreplaceable commodity used in approximately 50,000 industrial products. Among the more than 2000 plant species which can produce natural rubber, 98% of natural rubber is produced from the rubber tree [Hevea brasiliensis (Willd. ex Adr. de Juss.) Muell-Arg.]. The rubber tree is native to the Amazon rainforest. Although the Amazon basin offers an optimal climate for rubber tree production, the occurrence of South American leaf blight limits its cultivation in South America (2%). At present, 92%, or approximately 141 million hectares, of rubber plantations are located in Southeast Asia where the conditions are sub-optimal for rubber tree growth. Environmental drawbacks such as drought, cold, high solar radiation, poor soil fertility, high levels of salts or toxic metals (aluminium, arsenate, manganese, cadmium, etc.) and biotic stresses (powdery mildew, anthracnose, leaf mite, leaf blight disease, and root disease, etc.) can significantly influence the biosynthesis of chlorophyll, photosynthetic capacity, carbohydrate, protein, lipid, and antioxidant enzyme activities of rubber trees, causing loss in latex yield and rubber plantation income. Therefore, genetically breeding rubber trees and implementing eco-friendly practices for environmental constraints have been long-term strategies for all the rubber-producing countries, since rubber trees play a crucial role in local afforestation, economy and sustainable development.
To integrate the research progress on rubber trees’ stress resistance with agronomy practice and build a bridge of communication for relevant researchers, this Special Issue will focus on the stress resistance studies of rubber trees from genetics, physiology, population, and agronomy to the ecosystem scale.
We welcome research papers, reviews, and opinions on cutting-edge research, including, for example, molecular and physiological mechanisms, breakthrough technologies and well-defined agriculture practices for the abiotic and biotic stress resistance of Hevea brasiliensis.
Prof. Dr. Jiaming Zhang
Prof. Dr. Feng An
Prof. Dr. Han Cheng
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- stress response
- Hevea brasiliensis
- good agriculture practice
- biotic and abiotic stresses