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Plant Respiration in the Light and Photorespiration

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 June 2024 | Viewed by 198

Special Issue Editors

Department of Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada
Interests: plant mitochondria; alternative oxidase; respiratory carbon metabolism; photorespiration; environmental and stress biology; interactions of respiration and photosynthesis; plant responses to global change; plant molecular genetics; plant epigenetics; mitochondrial stress-signaling; reactive oxygen and nitrogen species; anaerobic metabolism; cellular energetics; theoretical biology
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Department of Plant Physiology, Umea Universitet, Umea, Sweden
Interests: plant sugar metabolism; nucleotide-sugar precursors to polysaccharides; sugar-dependent signal transduction pathways; plant mitochondria; photorespiratory metabolism; respiratory carbon metabolism; environmental and stress biology; interactions of respiration and photosynthesis; plant responses to global change; plant molecular genetics; plant stress-signaling; reactive oxygen and nitrogen species; cellular energetics; theoretical biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Respiration in the light and photorespiration are two major processes that are closely associated with photosynthetic performance of plants and directly affect their productivity. These pathways function under a wide range of environmental stress conditions and affect plant growth and performance. Their contribution undergoes major alterations in the conditions of global change. A significant body of knowledge describes how photosynthesis responds to changes in key environmental variables such as irradiance, temperature, water and nutrient availability, and elevation of CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. However, the adaptive potential of respiration and its regulation by light and other environmental parameters remains much more uncertain, and the understanding of the molecular mechanism of its interaction with the overall photosynthetic process is generally insufficient. In part, this relates to the complex, diverse, and often-unique roles of respiration and photorespiration in photosynthetic organisms, the presence of non-coupled pathways, metabolic flexibility, and participation of various organelles in the arrangement of respiratory and photorespiratory processes. These include the need to provide extensive substrate for biosynthesis, as well as the need to coordinate and optimize photosynthetic metabolism. In part, these unique roles may rely upon plant-specific respiratory components, found in the cytosol, mitochondrion, peroxisome and vacuole, which introduce various metabolic routes for the processing of respiratory and photorespiratory intermediates.

This Special Issue invites both original research and review articles that advance our understanding of how plant respiration responds to the environment and how the unique components of respiratory metabolism support acclimation to the environment. Contributions that describe interactions between respiration and photosynthesis, or how respiration responds to global change factors, are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Abir U. Igamberdiev
Prof. Dr. Leszek A. Kleczkowski
Guest Editors

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  • plant respiratory pathways
  • photorespiration
  • leaf peroxisomes
  • mitochondria in the light
  • acclimation to environment
  • non-coupled respiration
  • electron transport chain
  • plant-specific respiratory components
  • photosynthesis–respiration interactions
  • global change factors
  • plant carbon and nitrogen metabolism
  • plant bioenergetics
  • alternative metabolic pathways

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