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Department of Agricultural Science, School of Agricultural and Veterinarian Sciences, São Paulo State University, Jaboticabal, São Paulo 14884-900, Brazil
Cerrado Study Group on Plant Nutrition, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), Chapadão do Sul 79560-000, MS, Brazil

Recent Progress in Plant Nutrition Research and Plant Physiology

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Dear Colleagues,

Optimum sustainable development of crops depends on soil fertility in terms of physical, chemical, and biological fertility. These soil aspects in harmony promote a beneficial interaction to ensure optimal plant nutrition, favoring the physiological aspects and strengthening the antioxidant defense system and, consequently, crop productivity. Currently, there is evidence of advances in plant nutrition based on research involving nanotechnology, soil microbiology, use of biostimulants (amino acids, hormones, silicon, selenium), biofortification, and use of agricultural sensors to quickly assess the nutritional status of crops.

Prof. Dr. Renato De Mello Prado
Prof. Dr. Cid Naudi Silva Campos
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Keywords

  • soil science
  • soil microbiology
  • soil fertility
  • mineral plant nutrition
  • nutritional efficiency
  • biofortification
  • sustainable cultivation

Participating Journals

Journal Name Impact Factor CiteScore Launched Year First Decision (median) APC
AgriEngineering
agriengineering
2.8 4.6 2019 25.8 Days CHF 1600
Antioxidants
antioxidants
7.0 8.8 2012 13.9 Days CHF 2900
Horticulturae
horticulturae
3.1 2.4 2015 14.7 Days CHF 2200
Nanomaterials
nanomaterials
5.3 7.4 2011 13.6 Days CHF 2900
Plants
plants
4.5 5.4 2012 15.3 Days CHF 2700

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The Impact Ground Phonolite Rock’s Potassium Solubilization in Tropical Soil Depends on the Cultivated Forage Species
Plants 2024, 13(2), 199; https://doi.org/10.3390/plants13020199 - 11 Jan 2024
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Cover crops can be used to accelerate the solubilization process of low-solubility fertilizers; thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the potential of grasses in solubilizing potassium from phonolite rock powder. With a 2 × 5 factorial scheme, two doses of [...] Read more.
Cover crops can be used to accelerate the solubilization process of low-solubility fertilizers; thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the potential of grasses in solubilizing potassium from phonolite rock powder. With a 2 × 5 factorial scheme, two doses of phonolite rock powder, equivalent to 0 and 8 t ha−1, were combined with four grass species (Urochloa ruziziensis, U. decumbens, U. humidicola, and Andropogon gayanus), besides a control treatment without any cover crop. The dry matter production of the aerial parts of the plants was evaluated at days 40 and 70 post-emergence, and then the concentration of potassium in the plants and the soil was evaluated (exchangeable, non-exchangeable, structural, and total potassium contents). In the soil, the phonolitic rock powder increased the exchangeable, non-exchangeable, structural, and total K contents, favoring the absorption of K and the production of the dry mass of the three Urochloa, but U. decumbens stood out because it promoted greater availability of K in the system compared to the cultivation of other plant species. This research proposes the inclusion of U. decumbens in production systems that receive phonolitic rock, constituting a sustainable strategy to improve its agronomic efficiency. Full article
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Overexpression of Cytosolic Glyceraldehyde-3-Phosphate Dehydrogenase 1 Gene Improves Nitrogen Absorption and Utilization in Potato
Horticulturae 2023, 9(10), 1105; https://doi.org/10.3390/horticulturae9101105 - 05 Oct 2023
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Nitrogen is one of the most important elements for improving potato yield. However, excessive application of nitrogenous fertilizer not only produces river and other environmental pollution but also increases agricultural production costs. In recent years, to explain the molecular mechanisms of nitrogen metabolites, [...] Read more.
Nitrogen is one of the most important elements for improving potato yield. However, excessive application of nitrogenous fertilizer not only produces river and other environmental pollution but also increases agricultural production costs. In recent years, to explain the molecular mechanisms of nitrogen metabolites, some vital genes involved have been reported; however, only limited success has been achieved in potato. Here, we report that the expression of cytosolic glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase 1 (StGAPC1) is increased under low-nitrogen stress. StGAPC1-overexpressing potato seedlings had more biomass and a significant increase in total nitrogen content and root nitrate influx rate compared to the wild type. The overexpression of StGAPC1 also increased the expression of nitrate transporters and increased ROS system activity to reduce hydrogen peroxide content under low-nitrogen stress. Our results provide a foundation for further research on StGAPC1 function in nitrogen absorption and utilization mechanisms in potato. Full article
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Comparative Analysis of Primary and Secondary Metabolites in the Peel of Eight Blood Orange Varieties
AgriEngineering 2023, 5(3), 1259-1279; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriengineering5030080 - 14 Jul 2023
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The global cultivation of blood oranges is experiencing an increase due to their remarkable nutritional properties. Blood orange by-products, especially the peel, have a high concentration of bioactive compounds with exceptional antioxidant potential, making them an ideal choice for incorporation into various food [...] Read more.
The global cultivation of blood oranges is experiencing an increase due to their remarkable nutritional properties. Blood orange by-products, especially the peel, have a high concentration of bioactive compounds with exceptional antioxidant potential, making them an ideal choice for incorporation into various food products. This study aimed to determine the morphological parameters and primary and secondary metabolite content of peel of eight blood orange varieties using 1H NMR and HPLC-ESI-DAD-MSn. “Tarocco Meli” had the highest weight (367.83 g), caliber (94.13 mm and 88.87 mm), peel thickness (6.73 mm), and peel weight (155.0 g). “Tarocco Rosso”, “Sanguinelli”, and “Tarocco Gallo” had the highest levels of total amino acids (25.57 g kg−1 DW), total organic acids (29.99 g kg−1 DW), and total sugars (68.56 g 100 g−1 DW), respectively. The peel of “Moro” had significantly higher concentrations of total anthocyanins, hydroxycinnamic acids, and flavones (650.67, 263.33, and 449.85 mg kg−1, respectively) compared to the other varieties. In conclusion, “Tarocco Meli” had the most interesting values for morphological parameters, “Tarocco Rosso”, “Sanguinelli”, and “Tarocco Gallo” for primary metabolites, and “Moro” for secondary metabolites. With the increasing interest in utilizing co-products, these findings could be useful in developing functional food products that meet consumer demands for healthier and more sustainable food choices. Full article
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