Special Issue "Integration of Light Signaling, Circadian Clock and Metabolic Responses in a Changing Climate"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 April 2024 | Viewed by 164

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Gabriela Toledo-Ortiz
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James Hutton Institute, Dundee. Invergowrie, Dundee, Scotland DD2 5DA, UK
Interests: plant photomorphogenesis; light signaling; circadian signals; plant metabolism; photoreceptors
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Dr. Rossana Henriques
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Guest Editor
School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences and Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, Distillery Fields, Cork, Ireland
Interests: circadian clock; light signals; plant growth and development; plant metabolism; long non-coding RNAs; TOR pathway
Dr. Elena Monte
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Guest Editor
Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG), Barcelona, Spain
Interests: environmental control of plant growth and development; retrograde signals; anterograde signals; intersection of light and circadian signals; early light responses

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plants use light as an environmental input to coordinate their physiological and developmental processes in order to maximize their survival. Light signals also reset the circadian clock, an essential internal time-keeping mechanism that controls and anticipates daily biological processes. On the other hand, the circadian clock “gates” light responses to ensure that multiple physiological outputs occur at a precise time. Therefore, this interconnection of endogenous circadian signals with light-cycling inputs is essential to optimize both diel and seasonal plant growth responses, developmental transitions, and metabolism. This knowledge will be critical to face the challenges imposed by climate change on agricultural systems. Moreover, a large proportion of oscillating transcripts and their physiological outputs are important for environmental stress responsiveness; however, further research is required to identify the signaling cascades involved, the trade-offs imposed, and the degree of conservation between model plants and crops. This Special Issue will focus on the integration of the circadian clock with light signaling and the metabolic responses that mediate plant growth and development under different environmental conditions, both in model plants and crops. It will also highlight how research in this area can contribute to the optimization of emerging technologies for agricultural production while minimizing the detrimental effects of climate change.

Dr. Gabriela Toledo-Ortiz
Dr. Rossana Henriques
Dr. Elena Monte
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • circadian clock
  • light signals
  • photoreceptors
  • plant growth and metabolism
  • photomorphogenesis
  • signal integration
  • climate change
  • seasonal growth
  • chloroplast retrograde signaling

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