Special Issue "Carbon and Nitrogen Metabolism in Trees"

A special issue of Metabolites (ISSN 2218-1989). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Metabolism".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2024 | Viewed by 1519

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Shunfeng Ge
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College of Horticulture Science and Engineering, Shandong Agricultural University, Tai'an, China
Interests: deciduous fruit;nutrition physiology;nutrient management;nitrogen–carbon inter-action;green production
College of Seed and Facility Agricultural Engineering, Weifang University, Weifang, China
Interests: fruit trees; carbon–nitrogen metabolism; plant physiology; fruit quality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Carbon and nitrogen metabolism is the most basic metabolic process in plant growth and development, and its dynamics directly affect other important metabolic processes, such as the absorption of mineral elements, the synthesis of photosynthates and fruit quality. Changes in environmental factors, cultivation measures and mineral nutrients have important impacts on the balance of carbon and nitrogen metabolism. This Special Issue focuses on “Carbon and Nitrogen Metabolism in Trees”, which is important for promoting a rapid exchange of research results, experience, and ideas within the scientific community and among professionals working in this stimulating and relevant research field, both from agronomic and economic perspectives. Besides the specific scientific target, we would like to transfer updated and practically relevant results to farmers, SMEs, policy makers, and related end-users working on fruit production. To achieve this, we will try to select the most sound, innovative, and clear papers, ranging from the relationship between carbon and nitrogen metabolism, to the key role of carbon and nitrogen metabolism in tree growth and development, especially the formation of fruit quality and the adaptation to abiotic stresses. Original research, technology reports and methods are appropriate. In addition, new measurement methods, bioinformatical tools and joint multi-omics analysis are welcome.

Dr. Shunfeng Ge
Dr. Fen Wang
Guest Editors

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  • carbon
  • nitrogen
  • metabolism
  • enzyme
  • metabolite
  • tree
  • fruit quality
  • root development
  • multi-omics;photosynthesis
  • abiotic stresses

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16 pages, 3611 KiB  
Natural Grass Cultivation Management Improves Apple Fruit Quality by Regulating Soil Mineral Nitrogen Content and Carbon–Nitrogen Metabolism
Metabolites 2023, 13(8), 925; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13080925 - 08 Aug 2023
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Orchard grass cultivation management is an effective measure to safeguard the sustainable development of the fruit industry in China. However, details of the influence of natural sod culture management on carbon (C)–nitrogen (N) nutrition of trees and fruit quality in Hanfu apple orchards [...] Read more.
Orchard grass cultivation management is an effective measure to safeguard the sustainable development of the fruit industry in China. However, details of the influence of natural sod culture management on carbon (C)–nitrogen (N) nutrition of trees and fruit quality in Hanfu apple orchards are lacking. Therefore, a field experiment was conducted, which consisted of two treatments: clean tillage (CT) and natural grass cultivation (NG). Results revealed that NG treatment contributed to the increases in soil organic matter (SOM), total N, and soil NH4+-N at depths of 0–20 cm and 20–40 cm, while the soil NO3-N concentration under NG treatment was significantly decreased at the same depth, within the range of 0–200 cm of the soil profile, compared with CT. NG treatment also significantly promoted leaf photosynthesis and enhanced leaf N and fruit sugar metabolism. The results of isotope labeling showed that NG treatment obviously elevated the 13C accumulation and distribution rate in fruits, as well as the 15N accumulation in the whole tree, whereas the 15N accumulation in fruits decreased. Furthermore, NG treatment significantly increased the fruit anthocyanin content. These results provide theoretical references for the feasibility of natural sod culture management to improve fruit quality in Hanfu apple orchards. Full article
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