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Special Issue "Plant Resilience Mechanisms for Coping with Environmental Stresses: Paving the Path to a Sustainable Future"

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: 15 December 2023 | Viewed by 257

Special Issue Editor

Department of Life Sciences, University of Siena, 53100 Siena, Italy
Interests: physiological, biochemical, and molecular responses of plants to abiotic stresses such as deficiencies of natural resources (e.g., nutrients and water) or salinity; analysis of the effects of biofertilizers (i.e., biochar and wood distillate) on the soil–plant system; the use of solid and liquid byproducts of hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) in soilless culture systems; analysis of the impact of bioplastics on plant yield and soil quality
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plants have evolved mechanisms to cope with environmental stressors such as temperature extremes, drought, salinity, and pathogens. These mechanisms include stress signaling pathways activated by molecules such as abscisic acid (ABA), which regulate water loss and trigger the synthesis of protective proteins. Plants also defend themselves against pathogens through antimicrobial compounds, strengthened cell walls, and the activation of defense-related genes. Systemic acquired resistance (SAR) provides long-lasting immunity. Additionally, plants undergo physiological and morphological changes, such as the development of deeper roots or altered growth patterns, to adapt to stress.

Manuscripts that aim to understand these responses to improve crop resilience, biodiversity conservation, and mitigation of climate change impacts are welcome. IJMS accepts contributions related to molecular science, encouraging clinical or pure model studies with biomolecular experiments. Submission formats can include both original research papers and up-to-date review articles.

Dr. Silvia Celletti
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • antioxidants
  • drought tolerance
  • growth patterns
  • morphological adaptations
  • physiological changes
  • pathogen defense
  • protective proteins
  • root system development
  • stomatal closure
  • stress signaling pathways

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