Regulatory Signals in Plant Growth–Defense Trade Off

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 December 2021) | Viewed by 573

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Bioactive Proteins and Peptides Group, Biotechnology Department, Instituto de Agroquimica y Tecnologia de los Alimentos (IATA-CSIC) Avda/Agustín Escardino 7, 46980 Paterna (Valencia), Spain
Interests: plant growth regulation; stomatal regulation; photomorphogenesis; potassium regulation; phytohormones; Arabidopsis; plant defense

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Department of Biosciences, Università degli Studi di Milano, via Giovanni Celoria 26, 20133 Milano, Italy
Interests: plant physiology; organellar calcium signaling; calcium imaging; signal transduction; molecular biology
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Department of Biosciences, University of Milan, 20133 Milano, Italy
Interests: plant pathogen; plant defense; oomycetes; Arabidopsis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

When challenged by biotic stresses, plants rely on their innate immune system for their survival, which can be activated by microbe-associated and damage-associated molecular patterns (MAMPs and DAMPs) in association with reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and ion fluxes changes, up-regulation of defense genes and down-regulation of growth genes, cell wall reinforcement, stomatal closure, and modification of xylem differentiation. Activation of immunity is also accompanied by down-regulation of growth, referred to as growth–defense trade-off.

Salicylic acid, jasmonic acid, cytokinin, and ethylene are the major controlling hormones. ROS and calcium (Ca2+), with their complex dynamics and regulation, play a main regulatory role in both immunity and development, and their formation is finely tuned. 

This Special Issue is open to all research articles providing new insights into the biology of plants response to pathogens attack, with a focus on understanding the developmental changes in relation to immunity. 

Particularly welcome are research papers on the following topics:

  • Immunity and response to biotic stress;
  • Effect of ion fluxes on plant growth and development under biotic stress.

Dr. Antonella Locascio
Dr. Francesca Resentini
Dr. Monica Colombo
Guest Editors

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  • senescence
  • plant defense
  • plant disease
  • biotic stress, cytokinin
  • ethylene, plant hormones
  • antioxidants
  • membrane integrity

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