Physiological and Molecular Interventions in Improving Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants

Submission Deadline: 30 June 2023 Submit to Special Issue

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Dr. Ali Raza
Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, China.

Summary

Agricultural production and dynamic climate changes are internally associated with each other in different facets, including drought, extreme temperatures, salinity, waterlogging, toxic metals/metalloids, nutrient imbalance, etc., which have unpleasant impacts on agricultural productivity. The risk of continuous changing environment has significantly focused the attention of plant scientists, as these changes negatively impact the plant growth and development that ultimately affect crop production and further enhance the challenges of global food insecurity. Owing to the rapid rise of the world's population, there is imperative to bring together knowledge of all fields of plant sciences with groundbreaking efforts in agriculture to maintain plant growth and consequently improve crop yield globally.

To get insight into the plant's adaptive response mechanisms towards environmental changes, researchers should need to in line with their efforts. For example, multi-omics, genome editing, modern breeding techniques, and application of plant growth regulators should be deployed not only to explore candidate genes but also to transfer and produce commercial stress-smart cultivars. Consequently, the quick advancement of studies on the amalgamation between physiological, biochemical, and molecular interventions of plants is important. Information on molecular mechanisms will deliver breeding programs with importance to gaining cultivars tolerant to abiotic stresses with improved productivity. In this scenario, several physiological and modern molecular techniques play a vital role, with a clear demand for modern advances that can speed up the rate of genetic advancement necessary to meet the unprecedented challenge of superior food sustainably. Hence, this special issue will feature the current improvements in physiological and molecular mechanisms to understand and improve the stress (single or combined) acclimation and tolerance mechanisms in the plants to feed the rapidly rising population.

This special issue welcomes submissions of original research, methods, and comprehensive- and mini-review articles related to multiple abiotic stress responses, adaptive and tolerance mechanisms in crop plants. 


Keywords

Abiotic stresses, crop improvement, climate change, genetics, genomics, genome editing, omics, transgenic breeding.

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