Light and Plant Nutrition
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2024 | Viewed by 3132
Interests: plant stress physiology; phytochemistry; nanotechnology in agriculture; hydroponics
* We dedicate the memory of the editor, Dr. Jurga Miliauskienė, who passed away during this special issue period.
Interests: photophysiology; physiology of plant productivity; stress physiology; horticulture
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Over the past few decades, consumers have become more health-conscious and are consuming more vegetables, which are a source of various health-beneficial compounds, including minerals. Various vegetables are widely cultivated in open fields, various tunnels, screenhouses and controlled environment agriculture (CEA). Light is one of the most important environmental factors which has significant effects on plant growth development and metabolism. The technology of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) lighting has increasingly been used in CEA. This allows the light spectrum, intensity, and duration to be tailored to enhance specific physiological responses in plants and optimise the light use efficiency when cultivating high-value crops. Manipulation of light quality using photo-selective netting or films is important for the yield and quality of horticulture plants cultivated in tunnels and screenhouses. Seasonal lighting changes are important for open-field plants. Numerous studies have reported the effects of various lighting conditions on plants' primary and secondary metabolism. However, there is still a lack of information on how manipulation of light parameters can alter mineral nutrient levels and their interactions in various horticultural plants. More than half of the world's population suffers from an insufficient content of micronutrients in their diet, so various modern, safe measures are being sought to improve the nutritional properties of plants. One of the methods is biofortification, which was proposed as a solution to increase the content of mineral nutrients in various plants not only by breeding or biotechnological methods but also by applying various agrotechnological measures, e.g. purposeful selection of artificial lighting, customised targeted nutrition, use of various nanoparticles or adaptation of interaction of other factors. In this case, it is very important to understand the mechanisms of the effects of lighting and other environmental factors on plant mineral metabolism and related changes in the synthesis of bioactive compounds. In this Special Issue, will be published reviews and scientific research focusing on the impact of various light parameters (spectrum, intensity, photoperiod, etc.) on the contents of macro- and microelements and the analysis of their interaction with various bioactive compounds.
Dr. Jurga Miliauskienė
Dr. Aušra Brazaitytė
Dr. Rūta Sutulienė
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- light parameters (spectrum, intensity, photoperiod, etc.)
- light-emitting diodes
- covering materials
- photo-selective nets
- interaction between light and other environmental factors (temperature, CO2, relative humidity, plant nutrition, etc.) interaction
- nano nutrients
- nutrient–nutrient interaction
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Plant secondary metabolites, nutrients transport and assimilation and their modulation by blue and red light under indoor environment
Authors: Daniela Romano; Antonio Ferrante; Alice Trivellini; Stefania Toscano
Affiliation: Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Università degli Studi di Pisa, Pisa, Italy; Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Milan, Milano, Italy; Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A) University of Catania, Italy
Abstract: Light is a fundamental environmental parameter with respect to plant growth and development since provides energy source for carbon fixation in photosynthesis and regulates through its signaling many other physiological processes. In indoor horticulture cultivation systems, the use of sole-source light-emitting diodes (LEDs) has shown great potential for optimizing growth and produce high-quality products. This review highlights the morphological traits, accumulation of important plant metabolites and dynamic nutrient transport / uptake signaling networks that are orchestrated by red and blue wavelengths with focus on transcriptional and metabolic reprogramming, plant productivity and plant nutritional quality.