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Special Issue "Cellular and Molecular Regulatory Signals in Root Growth and Development"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Plant Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 November 2023 | Viewed by 426

Special Issue Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Responses of root growth and development to environmental changes ensure adequate adaptation of plants to availability of water and nutrients. For example, accelerating root elongation allows them to reach deeper soil layers, where water is still stored during drought, when the top layers become dry. Increased root branching in the soil patches enriched with mineral nutrients facilitates their acquisition by plants. These types of responses are initiated by environmental signals that induce and interact with endogenous signals resulting in the changes in division, elongation and differentiation of root cells. Although the complicated net of these signals has been thoroughly studied, many questions still remain unanswered. Therefore we invite researchers to submit their experimental and review articles to the present Special Issue. The articles should address (but not be limited to) the following topics:

  • sensors of water and nutrients availability (osmosensors and receptors, such as NRT, translating changes in concentration of essential elements into root developmental changes);
  • control of root growth and development by transcription factors, MAP kinase modules and secondary messengers (PLETHORA, WUSCHEL-related homeobox, MYB, WRKY, NAC and other translation factors; reactive oxygen species, nitric oxide);
  • hormonal control of root growth and development (root cell division, elongation and differentiation; initiation of lateral root primordia and their emergence; root hair formation; differentiation of secondary walls);
  • influence of water deficit on local and distant signals controlling root growth and developments;
  • effects of toxic compounds on root growth and development (such as heavy metals, herbicides, high concentration of sodium and others);
  • regulatory signals generated by plant growth promoting bacteria and their effects on root growth and development.

Prof. Dr. Guzel Kudoyarova
Guest Editor

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  • reactive oxygen species
  • water supply and deficit
  • root apoplastic barriers
  • root architecture
  • nutrients uptake

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