Special Issue "New Insights into Rootstock–Scion Interactions in Horticultural Crops, Volume II"

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524). This special issue belongs to the section "Propagation and Seeds".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2024 | Viewed by 106

Special Issue Editors

1. Department of Horticulture, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research–NIBIO Ullensvang, Ulensvangvegen 1005, NO-5781 Lofthus, Norway
2. Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Institute of Horticulture, Babtai, Lithuania
Interests: crop load management; fruit tree rootstocks; fruit quality; planting systems; pomology
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Research Center for Fruit Growing, Institute for Horticultural Sciences, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 1223 Budapest, Hungary
Interests: walnut; phenology; breeding; evaluation of varieties; genetics; orchard systems; growing technologies; evaluation of cherry rootsocks; cherry orchard systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Grafts are applied in several crops in horticulture, such as fruit trees, grape, vegetables, and woody ornamentals. Rootstock–scion interactions in grafts are inevitable in modern horticulture due to their extended adaptability, and improved efficiency in orchard systems incorporating modern technology.

Grafts are composite plants, which consist of two or three components: rootstocks, scion, and, in certain cases, inter-stocks. Grafting partners form a graft union and later grow as a composite plant, unifying partners in a complex metabolic system. However, the genome of partners determines their phenotypic characters, and the unified metabolic system connecting the processes located in the scion and the rootstock through complex pathways results in metabolic and phenotype modifications. Thus, rootstock–scion interactions may manifest in the agronomic features of grafted plants, which are essential for modern horticulture, including wide adaptability to pedo-climatical conditions, tolerance, or resistance to biotic and abiotic stress factors. On the other hand, phenotype modifications of the scion may improve the vegetative and generative characteristics of a variety of crops through growth control, phenology, cropping efficiency, fruit quality and decreased sensitivity to pest and disease. All of these agronomic features are based on physiological processes involving metabolite production, hormonal flux and interactions, the uptake and transport of water and nutrients, or the scion’s gene expression.

This Special Issue, ‘New Insights into Rootstock–Scion Interactions in Horticultural Crops, Volume II’, aims to present state-of-the-art research from around the world. We welcome submissions of innovative studies that consider the aforementioned areas related to scion–rootstock interactions, ranging from agronomic applicable features to the physiology of composite plants grown from a graft union.

Dr. Darius Kviklys
Dr. Geza Bujdoso
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • growth control
  • cropping efficiency and crop quality
  • response to biotic and abiotic stress factors
  • water supply and plant water potential
  • nutrient uptake and transport
  • hormonal interactions
  • phenology characteristics
  • graft compatibility

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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