Special Issue "Stress and Production of Secondary Metabolites"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2023) | Viewed by 224

Special Issue Editors

Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Querétaro CP. 76010, Mexico
Interests: secondary metabolites; nutraceutics; biotic and abiotic stress
Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Querétaro CP. 76010, Mexico
Interests: nanomaterials; composite materials; nanotoxicology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The adaptation of the plant to stress circumstances entails physiological modifications and triggers molecular reactions, also known as defense mechanisms. These mechanisms permit the synthesis of substances or compounds called secondary metabolites, which are not associated with vital processes of the plant; however, they help the plant to survive. The stress variables of intensity, periodicity, and type, among others, influence the type of metabolite developed and how it affects growth, production, the immune system, the antioxidant system, etc. The various secondary metabolites that can be triggered in response to stress are phenols, flavonoids, carotenoids, esters, etc. These types of compounds are biosynthesized by both biotic and abiotic stresses, mainly when these types of stress involve the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), inducing the neutralization of these species as a defense mechanism. On the other hand, secondary metabolites play a relevant role in the protection of plants against environmental stress and constant climatic changes, which cause an increase in the intensity of light or UV, nutrient deficits, drought, pathogens, and cold, among others. In the same way, the induction of secondary metabolites by the application of chemical compounds that resemble stress conditions, also known as elicitors, has been reported as a beneficial strategy to aid plants or crops in their survival process.

Therefore, this Special Issue aims to gather relevant, unpublished, and updated information on the influence of stress on the production of secondary metabolites.

Prof. Dr. Ana Angelica Feregrino Perez
Dr. Karen Esquivel Escalante
Guest Editors

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  • secondary metabolites
  • stress
  • phenolic compounds
  • biotic and abiotic stress

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