Special Issue "The Role of Fertilizers in Boosting Plant Adaptation to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 55491
Interests: plant physiology; abiotic and biotic stressors: plant stimulants; plant-microbe interactions; phytoremediation; allelopathy; plant hormones; osmolytes; secondary metabolites; antioxidants; oxidative stress; molecular biology; nanotechnology and plant science
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In general, any substance that contributes to the growth of plants and fertility of the planting bed is called a fertilizer. Fertilizers are divided into several general categories including biological, organic, and chemical fertilizers. Biological fertilizers (biofertilizers) are referred to as fertilizing agents that contain a plurality of one or more of the most useful soil organisms located in the storage medium. Additionally, biological fertilizers refer to living microorganisms that can be used in different forms, such as seed inoculation, foliar application, and soil treatment, which eventually stimulate plant growth by increasing the availability of nutrients. Organic fertilizers are another type, which are the waste products of plants and animals, and their incorporation to the soil contributes to soil conservation and nutrient uptake. Chemical fertilizers are defined as inorganic material of synthetic origin containing a rich amount of nutrients required for plant growth and development. There are also numerous plant biostimulants, such as hydrolyzed proteins and amino acids containing products, humic substances, microorganisms (bacteria, micro-algae, yeast, filamentous fungi), and seaweed extracts, which enhance nutrient use efficiency as well as biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in plants.
Biotic and abiotic stresses commonly induce changes in plant performance. On a short time scale, the major responses occur at the physiological level (e.g., gas exchange, water uptake, stomatal movement, hormonal homeostasis, and so on), while on a long time scale, stresses may induce changes in plant development (plant architecture, flowering time, senescence, etc.). Biotic stress is triggered by living organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses, insects, and weeds. The major abiotic stresses include unfavorable environmental conditions, such as high salinity, drought, temperature extremes, water logging, wind, high light intensity, UV radiation, heavy metals, and mineral deficiencies or toxicity. In recent years, the number of reports implicating fertilizers in mitigating the effect of stresses on plant growth and development has constantly been rising.
In this Special Issue, we aim to incorporate contributions from leading agronomists, plant scientists and environmental biologists focusing on the possible effective techniques to alleviate the destructive effects of biotic and abiotic stressors on plant growth and development. Authors are invited to submit original research, reviews/mini-reviews, methods, and opinion articles related to, but not exclusively limited to, the following topics:
- Physiological, biochemical, and molecular functions of fertilizers in plants to alleviate the detrimental effects of stresses;
- Impact of fertilizers on plant development;
- Impact of fertilizers on plant–microbe interaction;
- Impact of fertilizer application on plant susceptibility to pathogen infection;
- Impact of fertilizers on nutrient transformations in soil toward mitigation of stress in plants;
- Genetic and epigenetic modifications in plants due to continuous use of fertilizers.
Prof. Dr. Arafat Abdel Hamed Abdel Latef
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- biological fertilizers
- organic fertilizers
- chemical fertilizers
- biotic stress
- abiotic stress
- stress tolerance
- plant adaptation
- plant–microbe interaction
- genetic modifications
- epigenetic modifications
- plant developmental biology
- nutrient sensing