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Plants Coping Abiotic and Biotic Stresses: A Tale of Diligent Management

Call for Papers

Plants being sessile cannot evade biotic and abiotic stresses like other living forms. The efficiency of a plant to fight various stresses depends upon the numbers of intrinsic factors, such as genotypic and phenotypic constitutions, developmental circumstances, and extrinsic factors like severity and duration of the stresses. Plant hormones in addition to playing key roles in plant growth and development explicitly orchestrate stress management in plants. Management of stresses at the molecular level controls the competence and speed at which plants recognize the stressors, generate stress signal molecules, and activate stress-protective mechanisms. Concerted actions of the plants competence at the morphological, physiological, metabolomics, and molecular strata regulate numerous adaptive responses to biotic and abiotic stresses. With the advancement in research era, genetic manipulations of endogenous hormonal profiles and their respective signaling networks have been widely used to improve yield under stressful conditions. Overexpression or silencing of hormonal biosynthetic and/or signaling genes either individually or in combination is the target of scientists to improve plant performance under normal and stressful regimes. This special issue of BMRI will present current understanding of the abiotic and biotic stress management strategies employed and genetically instilled in plants in the regulation of various stressors. Multiple biotechnological strategies will enable us to maintain agriculture in a sustainable manner.

We particularly take an interest in manuscripts that report plant mechanisms dealing with avoidance or resistance or tolerance of biotic and abiotic stressors. Reviews that summarize the whole cascade of morphological or physiological or metabolomics or proteomics changes inducing stress avoidance or resistance or tolerance of biotic and abiotic stressors are highly welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Mechanisms dealing abiotic or biotic stresses
  • Physiological interaction of plant and biotic or abiotic stressors
  • Signal transduction events under biotic or abiotic stresses
  • Whole plant mechanisms combating biotic or abiotic stresses
  • Biotechnological implications in biotic or abiotic stress management in plants

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 27 June 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 19 September 2014
Publication DateFriday, 14 November 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Lam-Son Phan Tran, Signaling Pathway Research Unit, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, 1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama 230-0045, Japan

Guest Editors

  • Sikander Pal, University of Jammu, Jammu, India
  • Shimon Rachmilvetch, Jacob Blaustein Institutes of Desert Research, Sede boker campus, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel
  • Hatem Rouached, Biochimie et Physiologie Moléculaire des Plantes, Unité Mixte de recherche CNRS-INRA, Université Montpellier 2-Montpellier SupAgro, Montpellier, France
  • Marc Libault, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, University of Oklahoma, USA