Special Issues

Plants publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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New Insights in the Research of Bioactive Compounds from Plant Origin with Nutraceutical and Pharmaceutical Potential II submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 16 articles | Viewed by 35669 | Submission Open
Keywords: bioactive compounds; extraction; isolation; and structural characterization; herbal preparations and natural medicines; benefits; analytical strategies for bioactive compound identification and quantification; in vivo and in vitro bioactivity of botanicals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
Water and Nitrogen Management in Soil-Crop System II
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 15 articles | Viewed by 14939 | Submission Open
Keywords: crop yield; cropping system; irrigation scheduling; irrigation method; water use efficiency; nitrogen management; nitrogen accumulation and transport; nitrogen losses; nitrogen use efficiency; modeling; decision making; climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant–Soil Interactions)
Volatile Compounds Emitted by Flowers: Extraction, Identification, and Application
edited by
submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6355 | Submission Open
Keywords: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs); flowers; isolation methods; chemical diversity; plant-environment interactions; plant ecology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Horticultural Science and Ornamental Plants)
Tools and Resources for Wheat Molecular Breeding
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5151 | Submission Open
Keywords: wheat breeding; molecular markers; gene editing; wheat transformation; marker-assisted selection; genomic selection; pre-breeding; wheat genetic resources
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology)
The Role of Abscisic Acid (ABA) Machinery in Stress Response submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4245 | Submission Open
Keywords: ABA synthesis; ABA transport; ABA inactivation; ABA conjugation; ABA perception; ABA receptor; ABA signaling; ABA response; PYL receptors; PP2CA phosphatases; SnRK2 kinases
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change)
Plant Invasion 2023
edited by , and Shanshan Qi
submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4187 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant invasions; ecology of invasive plants; climate change and biological invasion; invasion dynamics; native species as invasive; plant invasion and one health; prevention and management of plant invasions; policy; legislation; and governance regarding invasive plants; economic impacts of plant invasion; citizen science applied to plant invasion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Ecology)
Physiology and Molecular Ecology of Ratoon Rice
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3484 | Submission Open
Keywords: ratoon rice; ratoon ability; grain yield; grain quality; mechanized harvesting; breeding; cultivation management; physiology and molecular ecology; stubble quality; ratoon grain filling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Molecular Biology)
Recovery, Characterization, Functionality and Applications of Bioactive Compounds from Food-Plant Products and Their By-Products 2nd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3067 | Submission Open
Keywords: phytonutrients; chemical composition; side streams of food industry; biofunctional and technofunctional compounds; improving storage stability; phenolic compounds; extraction; separation and fractionation methods; liquid chromatography– mass spectrometry; phytochemical composition; functional properties assessment; health-promoting properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
Adaptive Strategies of Plants to Stress Factors submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2931 | Submission Open
Keywords: adaptive strategies; abiotic stress; biotic stress; oxidative stress; acclimation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change)
Analysis of Phytochemicals and Nutritional Characterizations of Food Plants submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2603 | Submission Open
Keywords: food quality; novel food plants; nutritional characterizations of food plants; bioactive compounds; phytochemicals; antioxidant
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
Beneficial Plant-Microorganisms Interactions: Augmented Defenses of Plants and Physiological Responses
edited by Daiana Garcia
submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1122 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant infections; plant-microorganism interaction; biocontrol plant physiological responses; plan defenses elicitors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions)
Regulation of Plant Responses to Heat and Drought Stress II
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 263 | Submission Open
Keywords: Abies pinsapo; drought; photosynthesis; stomatal conductance; resilience; water stress 
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change)
Crop Genetic Mechanisms and Breeding Improvement
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 211 | Submission Open
Keywords: crop breeding; population genetics; genome; multi-omics; Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS); Quantitative trait loci (QTL)-mapping; abiotic stress
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology)
Emission and Function of Plant-Originated Volatile Organic Compounds submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 167 | Submission Open
Keywords: abiotic stress; atmospheric chemistry; biosynthesis; chemical diversity; ecological interactions; plant communication; plant– herbivore interactions; plant– microbe interactions; volatile organic compounds
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Physiology and Metabolism)
Green Chemistry for Natural Product Extraction: Cleaner and Efficient Approaches
edited by Grasiele Scaramal Madrona, Adriano Costa de Camargo, , and Miria Hespanhol Miranda Reis
submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 142 | Submission Open
Keywords: sustainable extraction; agro-industrial by-products extraction; green extraction; clean technologies; natural ingredients; food security; sustainable development
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
Advances in Biochar Applications for Agricultural and Forest Ecosystems
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 13 articles | Viewed by 24039 | Submission Open
Keywords: biochar; plant production; climate change; soil carbon
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant–Soil Interactions)
Interaction between Sugarcane and Environmental Stressors: From Identification to Molecular Mechanism
edited by San-Ji Gao
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 11 articles | Viewed by 10183 | Submission Open
Keywords: biotechnology; biotic and abiotic stressors; signaling cascades; bioinformatics; gene functioning and characterization; genomics; transcriptomics; metabolomics; proteomics; CRISPR/Cas system; transgenic sugarcane; sugarcane crop improvement
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Molecular Biology)
Pathogenesis and Disease Control in Crops—2nd Edition submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 10051 | Submission Open
Keywords: comprehensive disease management; plant defense mechanisms; beneficial microorganisms; biological control agents; plant– pathogen interactions; nano-based pest control; phytopathogens biology; sustainable crop protection; resistance host inducers; integrated pest management; microbial interactions; microbial community ecology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions)
Evaluation of Genetic Diversity and Germplasm in Plants Using Molecular and DNA Markers submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 11 articles | Viewed by 10048 | Submission Open
Keywords: molecular markers; DNA markers; plants; biodiversity; polymorphism; coding space; non-coding space; functional markers; genotyping; molecular ecology; molecular plant breeding
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology)
Sustainable Weed Management II submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 9165 | Submission Open
Keywords: weed biology; plants adaptation strategies; integrated weed management; cover crops; allelopathy; bioherbicides; biological methods; mechanical methods; physical methods; cultural methods; soil seedbank; weed thresholds; floristic composition; ecosystem services
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions)
Multiple Response Mechanisms of Plants to Drought Stress
edited by , and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 8895 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant morphology; secondary metabolites; physiological and biochemical responses; molecular mechanisms; global change; drought stress
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change)
Plant Taxonomy, Systematics, and Phylogeography
edited by and Paweł Kwiatkowski
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 8057 | Submission Open
Keywords: biogeography; phylogeny; molecular analysis; phylogeography; plants; species; systematic; taxonomy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Systematics, Taxonomy, Nomenclature and Classification)
Biodiversity and Genetic Control of Tolerance to Abiotic and Biotic Stresses in Plants submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 8040 | Submission Open
Keywords: genetic resources; biodiversity; abiotic stress; biotic stress; stress tolerance; plant– environment interactions; plant– microbe interactions; food security; climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology)
Multi-Omics Analysis of Plant under Abiotic Stress
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7930 | Submission Open
Keywords: abiotic stress; plants; multi-omics; response mechanism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Molecular Biology)
Grapevine Response to Abiotic Stress submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7099 | Submission Open
Keywords: acclimation; adaptation measures; climate change; cold stress; grapevine genetic selection; heat stress; phenotyping; response to abiotic stress; stress tolerance; vineyard management; Vitis vinifera; water stress; water use efficiency
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Physiology and Metabolism)
Role of Auxin in Plant Growth and Development
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7008 | Submission Open
Keywords: auxin transport; auxin metabolism; auxin signaling; environmental adaptation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Development and Morphogenesis)
Tea Plants Cultivation submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 6926 | Submission Open
Keywords: tea plant– environmental interactions; soil microbial community; carbon cycle of soil; ecological tea plantation; soil health; soil degradation; intelligent equipment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Horticultural Science and Ornamental Plants)
Plant Chemistry and Insect Adaptation from Physiology to Ecology
edited by , and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6084 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant chemicals; plant nutrients; plant defense; plant resistance; VOCs; environmental impacts; fertilizer application; insect pests; insect physiology; insect ecology; population dynamics; growth; development and reproduction; insect adaptation; host-selection behaviour; feeding  behaviour; oviposition  behaviour; plant-insect  interaction; climate  change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
The Role of Plants in Phytoremediation of Particulate Matter and Other Air Pollutants submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 6059 | Submission Open
Keywords: air pollution; particulate matter; PM; phytoremediation; plants; trees; shrubs; herbaceous plants; stress factors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Physiology and Metabolism)
Abiotic Stresses in Cereals submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5923 | Submission Open
Keywords: drought; high temperature; heavy metals; chill tolerance; waterlogging; plant nutrient imbalance; salinity; alkalinity; extreme solar radiation; mechanisms; traits; genes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Physiology and Crop Production)
Soil-Beneficial Microorganisms and Plant Growth
edited by , and Abderrahim Boutasknit
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 5539 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant growth promoting microorganisms; plant physiology; biostimulants/biofertilizers; crop production; crop protection; soil-beneficial microorganisms; organic agriculture; climate change; environmental stresses
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions)
Genetic Diversity, Germplasm Resources, and Biotechnological Applications for Sustained Crop Improvement
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 5411 | Submission Open
Keywords: genetic diversity; germplasm resources; biotechnological applications; crop improvement; genes; environmental stress tolerance; molecular basis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology)
Management and Efficient Utilization of Water and Fertilizer in Field Crops II submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5186 | Submission Open
Keywords: precision agriculture; crop system; grain and forage crops; crop yield; irrigation scheduling; water use efficiency; fertilization management; nutritional diagnosis; plant– soil relationships; plant phenotypes; monitoring in agriculture; plant growth; forage quality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant–Soil Interactions)
Natural and Anthropogenic Flora and Vegetation of Oceanic Islands
edited by and Jose María Fernández-Palacios
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4740 | Submission Open
Keywords: oceanic islands; human settlement; primeval forests; anthropization; deforestation; anthropogenic impact
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Ecology)
Role of Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria in Fertilization Application: At the Soil-Plant Level submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4721 | Submission Open
Keywords: nutrient acquisition; nutrient use efficiency; plant-growth-promoting bacteria; sustainable agriculture; biofertilizers; inoculants; nutrient solubilization; biological nitrogen fixation; beneficial elements; heavy metals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Nutrition)
Applications of Plant Biotechnology and Tissue Culture Techniques for Plant Production and Food Security submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4717 | Submission Open
Keywords: acclimatization; anther culture; bioreactors; doubled haploids; food crops; genetic transformation; herbs and medicinal plants; in vitro breeding; in vitro grafting; liquid culture systems; micropropagation; microspore culture; morphogenesis; mutations; nano-particles; organogenesis; physiological disorders; plant growth substances; regeneration; rooting; rootstocks; somatic embryogenesis; stress tolerance and alleviation; unpollinated ovule culture; virus elimination
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology)
Prunus Dormancy and Breeding
edited by , David Ruiz and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3401 | Submission Open
Keywords: fruit crops; fruit development; germplasm; Prunus quality; plant dormancy; plant genetics; plant epigenetics; plant genomics; plant biotechnology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology)
Plant Pathology and Epidemiology for Grain, Pulses, and Cereal Crops
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2688 | Submission Open
Keywords: grain crop disease; pulses crop disease; cereal crop disease; pathology; epidemiology; pathogen– host interaction; disease control theory; disease monitoring; disease forecast
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions)
Modelling for Prediction of Horticultural Plant Growth and Defense
edited by Maryam Alavi-Shoshtari
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2508 | Submission Open
Keywords: smart horticulture; growth or defence mechanisms in plants; dynamical systems of plant growth/defence; integrated models in plant growth; prediction of horticultural systems by AI (artificial intelligence); computational biology; plant– environment system dynamics; prediction models with regular monitoring
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Modeling)
Advances in Chemical Analysis of Plants
edited by Javier Hernández-Allica
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2483 | Submission Open
Keywords: nutrient; chemometrics; ionomics; mass spectrometry; portable; phytochemical
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
Plant Tissue Culture and Secondary Metabolites
edited by Hyeonji Yeo and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2435 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant tissue culture; hairy roots; Agrobacterium rhizogenes; secondary metabolites; metabolic profiling; antioxidant; antimicrobial
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology)
Phytochemicals Beneficial to Human Health - Volume II submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2406 | Submission Open
Keywords: phytochemicals; natural products; plant extracts; biocompounds; antioxidants; oxidative stress; human health; physical exercise
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
Protected Cultivation of Horticultural Crops: Advances and Sustainability
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2152 | Submission Open
Keywords: controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA); protected cultivation; greenhouse; tunnel; hydroponics; soilless cultivation; vertical farming
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change)
The Role of Irrigation in Mitigating Climate Change Effects on Crop Production
edited by and Xuewen Gong
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1878 | Submission Open
Keywords: crop evapotranspiration; irrigation; drought resistance; climate change; efficient water use; crop physiological growth; soil microenvironment; irrigation area ecosystem; environmental change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Physiology and Crop Production)
Grapevine Genetic Resources submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1838 | Submission Open
Keywords: ampelography; molecular markers; biodiversity; phenome; genome
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Genetic Resources)
Plant Propagation submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1684 | Submission Open
Keywords: propagation; in vitro plant cultivation; biotechnology; plant tissue culture; micropropagation; rooting; conservation; in vitro propagation; tissue culture; transplants; plant factory; controlled environment agriculture
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Development and Morphogenesis)
Molecular Breeding for Plant Disease Resistance submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1463 | Submission Open
Keywords: molecular marker; plant breeding; breeding approaches; stress resistance; genetic diversity new biotechnological tools
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions)
Host Plant Resistance and Biological Control of Insect Pests
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1421 | Submission Open
Keywords: biological control; host‒plant interaction; plant‒microbe interaction; plant extracts; sustainable agriculture; integrated pest management; crop protection; natural antibacterial products; natural fungicide products
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions)
Horticultural Plant Cultivation and Fruit Quality Enhancement
edited by and Caihong Zhong
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1344 | Submission Open
Keywords: horticultural plant cultivation techniques and methods; fruit quality; molecular mechanisms
(This special issue belongs to the Section Horticultural Science and Ornamental Plants)
Insights into Functional and Medicinal Value of Natural Products from Plants
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1309 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant-derived natural compounds; drug discovery; herbal supplement; phytochemical profile; traditional medicine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Phytochemistry)
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