Abiotic Stresses responsible of yield and quality losses of many horticultural crops. The negative effect of stress on the crops depends on the severity and intensity. In the cropping systems the abiotic stresses can induce losses that range from 50-70%. The most common abiotic stresses are represented by drought, salinity, high temperature, high irradiance, nutrient deficiency, flooding, cold, and heavy metals. The climate change can increase the stressful conditions in some geographical stress and some stresses can act synergistically on crop response. Understanding the molecular mechanisms behind the crop responses and adaptation strategies can lead to the identification of some key regulatory genes associated to abiotic stress tolerance. New biotechnological tools such as transcriptional studies and CRISPR-cas9 can help to identify target genes that can lead to achieve tolerance and help breeders to develop novel stress-tolerant crops. Physiological, biochemical, molecular biology and proteomic data can greatly help in understanding crop responses to abiotic stresses. Therefore, research papers and reviews related to abiotic stress tolerance or response in horticultural crops are welcome for this Special Issue.
We will especially welcome Research, Methodology and Resource, Opinion and Review submissions, including (but not limited to) the following areas:
1.Molecular Physiology/Biochemistry/Cell/Genetic Biology in horticultural crops and stresses;
2.Molecular changes and crop/produce quality changes under stress conditions;
3.Impact of agronomic tools or treatments on molecular changes useful to crop adaptation to stress conditions;
4.Use of stress for inducing specific molecular changes that lead to increase produce quality;
5. Transcriptional changes, proteomic, and metabolic studies associated to crop responses and adaptation to abiotic stresses
The submission deadline is Jul 31, 2023.
Please submit your manuscript directly to Molecular Horticulture EM system stating in your cover letter that you are targeting the 'Horticultural Crop Molecular Responses to Abiotic Stresses' collection.
Prof. Antonio Ferrante
University of Milano
Antonio Ferrante has been an associate professor at the University of Milan, Italy, since 2016. He obtained a PhD degree in advanced technology in horticultural sciences from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, in 2001, with 100/100 cum laude. In 2000, he spent one year as a visiting researcher at the Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of California, Davis, CA, USA, in the laboratory of Prof. M. S. Reid. From 2004 to 2016 he has been a researcher/assistant professor at the University of Milan. His research topics are related to crop quality, postharvest, mineral nutrition and abiotic stress in crop production. His research topics focus on physiological and biochemical changes in crops and on the evaluation of crop quality when subjected to different stress conditions. He has been scientific head of the research unit in a European-funded project related to fresh produce quality monitoring using molecular tools. He is associate editor of Frontiers in Plant Science: Crop and Produce Quality. He is author or co-author of more than 200 international publications in peer-reviewed journals, 156 indexed in Scopus with index h 26.