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Drought-Stress Induced Physiological and Molecular Changes in Plants 3.0

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: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 87

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The Franciszek Górski Institute of Plant Physiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Niezapominajek 21, 30-239 Kraków, Poland
Interests: plant senescence; water stress; drought; waterlogging; plant phenolics; gas exchange; photosynthetic apparatus; cereal; plant growth regulators; gene expression
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Department of Plant Breeding, Physiology and Seed Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Economics, Agricultural University, ul. Podużna 3, 30-239 Kraków, Poland
Interests: abiotic and biotic stress; plant stress physiology; plant molecular biology; primary and secondary metabolism; reactive oxygen species; antioxidants
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Drought stress is one of the major abiotic stresses that limit the growth and productivity of plants all over the world. Rapid climate changes mean that, now more than ever, we need to understand how plants are able to withstand extreme drought conditions. The study of physiological and molecular mechanisms of plant responses to drought stress, as well as the search for tolerant crop varieties, is the most important challenge in plant biology today.

The complexity of plant responses to drought stress can be affected by several factors, including the duration and intensity of stress, the plant genotype, and the developmental stages. Many genes, transcription factors, transcripts, proteins, metabolites, enzymes, and others are associated with tolerance to drought stress. Scientists discover new genes and exciting molecular processes involved in drought tolerance, but our knowledge is still far from complete. Therefore, understanding the physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying plant responses to drought stress represents an important goal for plant stability under future climate change conditions.

This Special Issue of IJMS aims to expose the whole picture of drought-stress-induced changes, especially those focused on the molecular and physiological aspects. Authors are invited to submit original research papers, communications, and reviews exploring different aspects of this topic.

Dr. Agnieszka Ostrowska
Prof. Dr. Katarzyna Hura
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  • drought stress
  • water stress
  • signal transduction
  • genes, transcripts, and proteins
  • primary and secondary metabolism
  • phytohormones
  • antioxidants
  • reactive oxygen species
  • photosynthetic apparatus
  • photosynthesis

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