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Special Issue "The Transcendental World of Plant Toxic Compounds"

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 November 2023 | Viewed by 105

Special Issue Editor

Area of Plant Physiology, Department of Organisms and Systems Biology, University of Oviedo, 33071 Oviedo, Spain
Interests: apomixis; biotechnology; gametophyte; micropropagation; Monilophytes; plant development; plant growth regulators; plant reproduction; proteomics; transcriptomics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plants produce an astounding assortment of small molecules to fight against insects, or other animals like mites or vertebrates, that try to eat them. These toxic molecules may disrupt the nervous system of animals or interfere with basic cellular and biochemical functions needed for life. These compounds can be proteins that make it harder for insects to get essential nutrients from the plant tissues they consume, or slow growth and development in the insect, reducing plant damage. Plant genomes usually have more genes than those of the animals that consume them, due to the high production of enzymes, used to produce complex chemical compounds with different functions, including defense. Plants must control how these compounds are built, stored and released. One well-studied group of these defensive plant proteins is protease inhibitors. When insects eat them, the inhibitors bind to proteases and inactivate them, condemning insects to experience nitrogen deficiencies. On the other hand, plant breeders faced to developed varieties of crops that have reduced levels of toxins in parts of plants that humans consume such as seeds of rapeseed (the source of Canola oil), which have been selected by geneticists to be low in glucosinolate toxins. Further, farmers have selected “sweet" varieties of almonds to be low in cyanide. This special issue is a call for researchers representing multiple disciplines including veterinarians, chemists, and toxicologists from around the world to share findings on poisonous plants of agricultural significance. Topics of interest extend to herbal supplements as well as fungal and microbial toxins that affect humans, livestock and other companions animals or wildlife.

Dr. Helena Fernández
Guest Editor

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  • alcaloids
  • biotic stress
  • defence
  • phenols
  • phytotoxins
  • secondary metabolism
  • terpenes

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