Special Issue "Phytohormones on the Metabolism of Bioactive Compounds in Plants under Normal and Stress Conditions"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Physiology and Metabolism".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2023) | Viewed by 117

Special Issue Editors

College of Food Science and Engineering, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225009, China
Interests: phytochemicals; plant-based functional foods; germination; abiotic stress; soybeans
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College of Food Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China
Interests: phytochemicals accumulation; sprouts producing; seeds germination; gamma-aminobutyric acid metabolism and its signal function; phenolics accumulation; food chemistry; metabolomics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Phytohormones (including auxin, abscisic acid, gibberellic acid, brassinosteroids, cytokinins, ethylene, salicylic acid, strigolactones, and jasmonic acids) can trigger physiological effects in plants at a delicate level, and they play a controlling and directing role in the whole process of plant life activities. Phytohormones are also known to regulate plant adaptation to normal and stress conditions by controlling the production of endogenous secondary bioactive compounds, including flavonoids, phenolic acids, alkaloids, saponins, melatonin, and polysaccharides. Additionally, these plant secondary metabolites have demonstrated their role in various health benefits, such as anticardiovascular disease, anticancer, antidiabetic, and other effects. Hence, these compounds in plants have been widely used in the development of plant-based functional foods. Although a massive effort has been devoted to understanding the regulatory networks of phytohormones, the underlying molecular mechanisms of phytohormone-mediated secondary metabolism are still waiting to be deciphered. Therefore, this Special Issue covers aspects of different phytohormones on the metabolism of bioactive compounds in plants under normal and stress conditions. The topics of this Special Issue will include but are not limited to:

  • The central roles of phytohormones on secondary metabolism, especially under stress conditions;
  • Phytohormones’ crosstalk with each other to regulate the bioactive compounds synthesis in plants;
  • Phytohormones coordinating with signaling molecules to maintain sophisticated networks that regulate secondary metabolism;
  • Traditional and new techniques for promoting enrichment of bioactive compounds using phytohormones;
  • Screening for new chemical compounds with inhibitory or stimulating actions on phytohormones/phytohormonal networks.

Dr. Yongqi Yin
Dr. Runqiang Yang
Guest Editors

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  • phytohormones
  • secondary metabolism
  • normal and stress conditions
  • biological compounds
  • physiological metabolism
  • biosynthesis mechanism
  • signalling molecules
  • gene expression

Published Papers

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