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Call for papers - Abiotic stress tolerance in plants

Guest Editors

Claudio Inostroza-Blancheteau, PhD, Catholic University of Temuco, Chile
Isabel Marques, PhD, University of Lisbon, Portugal
José M. Mulet, PhD, Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Spain

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 August 2024

BMC Plant Biology welcomes submissions to the Collection Abiotic stress tolerance in plants. This collection aims to bring together original research articles that cover the emerging developments in plant biology, biochemistry, structural biology, molecular biology, and genetics applied to plant abiotic stress research. 

New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 2: Zero Hunger, and SDG 15: Life on Land.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Claudio Inostroza-Blancheteau, PhD, Catholic University of Temuco, Chile

Dr Inostroza-Blancheteau's research is centered on plant molecular physiology, with a specific focus on the identification and characterization of genes, and secondary metabolism function, regulation, and its applications. His research delves into various aspects, including understanding resistance and tolerance mechanisms in plants facing abiotic stressors such as aluminium toxicity, manganese excess, and UV radiation. Additionally, his work explores the role of natural plant products, particularly secondary metabolites found in native plant species, like native potatoes and berries. Dr Inostroza-Blancheteau has also conducted studies on plant nutrition and the agronomical yield of agricultural plant species that thrive in acid soil in Southern Chile. His substantial contributions to the field are evident through the publication of over 80 scientific articles in esteemed journals and publishers. Dr Inostroza-Blancheteau is the Director of the Research Nucleus in Food Production and oversees the Doctoral Program in Agricultural Sciences at the Faculty of Natural Resources at the Catholic University of Temuco in Temuco (Chile).

Isabel Marques, PhD, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Dr Marques's research encompasses various facets of plant biology, spanning from the molecular to ecosystem levels. Her interests extend to the structure, function, diversity, genetics, evolution, and systematics of all plant groups, as well as related organisms such as cyanobacteria, algae, fungi, and lichens. A focal point of Dr Marques's work involves investigating the impacts of hybridization and polyploidy on species diversification and extinction. Given the inherent complexity of evolutionary questions, she employs a diverse range of techniques, including phylogenetic, demographic, ecological, and modeling tools to make inferences about the evolution of lineages.

José M. Mulet, PhD, Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Spain

Dr Mulet is a full professor of biotechnology at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and leads a laboratory at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants. With a background in chemistry and a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Valencia, he pursued postdoctoral research at the University of Basel in Switzerland. His current research focus involves the development of plants tolerant to abiotic stress. Additionally, he is engaged in characterizing the molecular basis of biostimulants and investigating the regulation of potassium fluxes in guard cells. Beyond their academic contributions, Dr Mulet has authored 10 books and serves as a science columnist for "El País." He actively participates in the GMO/organic debate within Spanish-speaking countries.

About the Collection

BMC Plant Biology welcomes submissions to the Collection Abiotic stress tolerance in plants. In the natural environment, plants deal with a range of abiotic stresses, linked for instance to changes in light, temperature, (micro/macro) nutrient concentration, drought and salinity. Since abiotic factors can be superimposed on each other, and largely variable in terms of magnitude and frequency of change, coping with abiotic stress represents a major challenge and limiting factor for crop productivity and sustainability. As abiotic stresses can severely affect plant fitness, plants have evolved sophisticated, interconnected mechanisms to efficiently respond to abiotic cues, and regulate growth, development and yield.
However, tolerance against abiotic stress is a complex process, where the underlying mechanisms and their regulation remain often poorly understood. Revealing the mechanisms by which plants sense and cope with abiotic stress, can affect how we understand, and potentially optimize, relevant processes like crop yield, abiotic stress response, resilience and signaling, photosynthesis regulation, cellular metabolism, nutrient homeostasis and uptake, gene expression in response to stress.
While understanding how plants respond to and tolerate abiotic stresses has fundamental relevance, it could also be utilized to develop novel multi-disciplinary approaches for enhancing crop yield and quality, protecting terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity, and implementing sustainable agricultural practices in the current climate change scenario. In support of UN Sustainable Development Goals ‘Zero Hunger’ (SDG 2) and ‘Life on Land’ (SDG 15), the Editors of BMC Plant Biology announce the launch of a Collection on ‘Abiotic stress tolerance in plants’. This collection aims to bring together original research articles that cover the emerging developments in plant biology, biochemistry, structural biology, molecular biology, and genetics applied to plant abiotic stress research. We invite researchers and experts in the field to submit research articles that explore, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Mechanisms of plant response to abiotic stress
  • Physiological, biochemical and molecular responses of plants to abiotic stress or multiple abiotic stress conditions, under different growth conditions and developmental stages
  • Abiotic stress signaling and signal transduction mechanisms in plants
  • Plant genetic and phenotypic diversity in abiotic stress tolerance/resilience
  • Exploring the natural resilience to abiotic stress in diverse germplasms
  • Mechanisms and regulation of plant response to combined abiotic stresses
  • Photosynthesis regulation and light-harvesting regulation
  • Response and resilience to drought stress and salinity
  • Macro/micro-nutrient homeostasis and uptake
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Molecular breeding for abiotic stress tolerance in plants
  • Identification, expression, and functional validation of stress-related genes and transcription factors
  • Epigenetic mechanisms and regulation in plant abiotic stress response and tolerance
  • Symbiotic interactions to increase abiotic stress tolerance in plants
  • Biostimulants and natural products to increase abiotic stress tolerance in plants
  • Multi-Omics and genome editing technologies, and systems biology approaches for plant/crop abiotic stress resilience
  • Genetic engineering and biotechnological applications to enhance abiotic stress tolerance in plants

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  1. One of the major problems endangering plant growth and productivity worldwide is salt stress. This study aimed to assess the effects of potassium silicate (K2O3Si) on the physical, biochemical, and morphological ...

    Authors: Hamid Mohammadi, Soraya Abdollahi-Bastam, Ahmad Aghaee and Mansour Ghorbanpour
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:288
  2. Weed control is essential for agricultural floor management in vineyards and the inter-row mulching is an eco-friendly practice to inhibit weed growth via filtering out photosynthetically active radiation. Bes...

    Authors: Meng-Bo Tian, Yu Wang, Xiao-Tong Gao, Hao-Cheng Lu, Qi Zhang, Xiao Han, Hui-Qing Li, Ning Shi, Chang-Qing Duan and Jun Wang
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:258
  3. Molecular mechanisms in response to drought stress are important for the genetic improvement of maize. In our previous study, nine ZmLAZ1 members were identified in the maize genome, but the function of ZmLAZ1 wa...

    Authors: Haoqiang Yu, Bingliang Liu, Qinyu Yang, Qingqing Yang, Wanchen Li and Fengling Fu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:246
  4. The postharvest life of cut flowers is limited, which is a major challenge and varies greatly depending on plant varieties, cut flower stage, flower length of the harvested shoots, and storage conditions inclu...

    Authors: Hany M. El-Naggar, Shimaa M. Ali and Amira R. Osman
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:239
  5. Acyl-CoA-Binding proteins (ACBPs) function as coenzyme A transporters and play important roles in regulating plant growth and development in response to abiotic stress and phytohormones, as well as in membrane...

    Authors: Huayu Chang, Minhu Ma, Mingzhou Gu, Shanshan Li, Mengrun Li, Ganggang Guo and Guofang Xing
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:236
  6. Drought stress considered a key restrictive factor for a warm-season bermudagrass growth during summers in China. Genotypic variation against drought stress exists among bermudagrass (Cynodon sp.), but the select...

    Authors: Maryam Noor, Jibiao Fan, Muhammad Kaleem, Muhammad Tanveer Akhtar, Shixuan Jin, Usman Nazir, Chuan-Jie Zhang and Xuebing Yan
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:235
  7. The study focuses on the global challenge of drought stress, which significantly impedes wheat production, a cornerstone of global food security. Drought stress disrupts cellular and physiological processes in...

    Authors: Mustafa Elnajar, Heshmat Aldesuquy, Mohamed Abdelmoteleb and Eladl Eltanahy
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:233
  8. Chrysanthemum, one of the four major cut flowers all over the world, is very sensitive to salinity during cultivation. DNA binding with one finger (DOF) transcription factors play important roles in biological...

    Authors: Peiling Li, Tingting Fang, Xinran Chong, Juanjuan Chen, Jianhua Yue and Zhiyong Wang
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:232
  9. Drought severely limits sunflower production especially at the seedling stage. To investigate the response mechanism of sunflowers to drought stress, we utilized two genotypes of sunflower materials with diffe...

    Authors: Huimin Shi, Jianhua Hou, Dandan Li, Haibo Hu, Yanxia Wang, Yang Wu and Liuxi Yi
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:224
  10. Drought is considered the main environmental factor restricting apple production and thus the development of the apple industry. Rootstocks play an important role in enhancing the drought tolerance of apple pl...

    Authors: Xiaohan Li, Yitong Liu, Wei Hu, Baoying Yin, Bowen Liang, Zhongyong Li, Xueying Zhang, Jizhong Xu and Shasha Zhou
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:219
  11. In viticulture, iron (Fe) chlorosis is a common abiotic stress that impairs plant development and leads to yield and quality losses. Under low availability of the metal, the applied N form (nitrate and ammoniu...

    Authors: Sarhan Khalil, Rebeka Strah, Arianna Lodovici, Petr Vojta, Federica De Berardinis, Jörg Ziegler, Maruša Pompe Novak, Laura Zanin, Nicola Tomasi, Astrid Forneck and Michaela Griesser
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:218
  12. Persian walnut (Juglans regia) and Manchurian walnut (Juglans mandshurica) belong to Juglandaceae, which are vulnerable, temperate deciduous perennial trees with high economical, ecological, and industrial values...

    Authors: Jiayu Ma, Dongjun Zuo, Xuedong Zhang, Haochen Li, Hang Ye, Nijing Zhang, Mengdi Li, Meng Dang, Fangdong Geng, Huijuan Zhou and Peng Zhao
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:211
  13. Cotton boll shedding is one of the main factors adversely affecting the cotton yield. During the cotton plant growth period, low light conditions can cause cotton bolls to fall off prematurely. In this study, ...

    Authors: Ning Zhao, Zhao Geng, Guiyuan Zhao, Jianguang Liu, Zetong An, Hanshuang Zhang, Pengfei Ai and Yongqiang Wang
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:182
  14. ABA Insensitive 5 (ABI5) is a basic leucine zipper transcription factor that crucially influences plant growth, development, and stress response. However, there is minimal research on the ABI5 family in foxtail m...

    Authors: Yinyuan Wen, Zeya Zhao, Liuna Cheng, Shixue Zhou, Mengyao An, Juan Zhao, Shuqi Dong, Xiangyang Yuan and Meiqiang Yin
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:164
  15. Auxin response factors (ARFs) play a crucial role in regulating gene expression within the auxin signal transduction pathway, particularly during adventitious root (AR) formation. In this investigation, we ide...

    Authors: Cheng Libao, Liang Shiting, Zhao Chen and Li Shuyan
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:163
  16. Seed propagation is the main method of mulberry expansion in China, an important economic forest species. However, seed germination is the most sensitive stage to various abiotic stresses, especially salinity ...

    Authors: Yi Wang, Wei Jiang, Chenlei Li, Zhenjiang Wang, Can Lu, Junsen Cheng, Shanglin Wei, Jiasong Yang and Qiang Yang
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:132
  17. Root system architecture (RSA) exhibits significant genetic variability and is closely associated with drought tolerance. However, the evaluation of drought-tolerant cotton cultivars based on RSA in the field ...

    Authors: Congcong Guo, Lingxiao Zhu, Hongchun Sun, Qiucheng Han, Shijie Wang, Jijie Zhu, Yongjiang Zhang, Ke Zhang, Zhiying Bai, Anchang Li, Liantao Liu and Cundong Li
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:127
  18. Salvia verticillata L. is a well-known herb rich in rosmarinic acid (RA) and with therapeutic values. To better understand the possible roles of phytohormones in the production of phenolic acids in S. verticilla...

    Authors: Nosrat Rahmani and Tayebeh Radjabian
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:56

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp . During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Abiotic stress tolerance in plants" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.