Special Issue "The Role of Melatonin in Plants 2.0"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 4806
Interests: melatonin role in plants; abiotic environmental stresses; plant physiology
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This Special Issue is the second volume of our previous Special Issue "The Role of Melatonin in Plants". Since its discovery in 1958, melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) has functioned in the scientific consciousness, for a long time (about 40 years), only as an animal hormone. In autotrophic microorganisms, melatonin was first described in 1991, and in 1995, it was detected in higher plants. Since then, this indoleamine has been investigated in numerous plant species and varieties in vivo, and also their organs, tissues, and cells cultivated in vitro. For 30 years, phytomelatonin has drawn great attention from plant physiologists for its wide distribution and multiple roles in various plant species. It is known that melatonin is an important modulator of plant development—it has an influence on seed germination, root formation and their architecture, seasonal and circadian rhythms, flowering time and fruit ripening, and leaf functioning (photosynthesis) and senescence. As amphiphilic, universal, very effective direct and indirect antioxidants, melatonin affects the plant cell redox status, and in this way, it interferes with a network of different signalling pathways. Moreover, melatonin is also involved in plant immunity and increases plant tolerance to various abiotic stresses. Melatonin biosynthesis depends on environmental conditions and naturally increases under stress, so the application of exogenous melatonin as a plant biostimulant may be a good strategy for the improvement of yields in the face of climate change.
This Special Issue will focus on expanding knowledge concerning the synthesis, distribution, and metabolism of plant melatonin (phytomelatonin), its multiple complex functions in plants and mechanisms of plant metabolism regulation, and the exogenous melatonin application methods improving the development of crop plants, especially under different stress conditions.
Prof. Dr. Małgorzata M. Posmyk
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