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Molecular Regulation of Plant-Environment Interaction in the Climate Change Era

Climate changes have dramatically increased in recent years and are expected to worsen in the future, causing considerable effects on the agricultural ecosystems worldwide, and ultimately resulting in serious crop yield reduction. Therefore, one among the most impelling research challenges concerns the study of the molecular signals controlling the plant response to stress factors enhanced by the ongoing climate alterations. In this context, mounting experimental evidence has shown that a wide series of stress-mediated molecular processes, involving transcriptome reprogramming and epigenetic modifications, occur to allow plant adaptation. Although the number of studies investigating plant environment interactions increased significantly in the last years, many aspects of the molecular regulatory networks controlling them are still unknown. Particularly, gaps remain in our understanding of the biology underlying stress resilience and stress memory events.

Papers submitted to this Special Issue should report novel and timely results on the molecular signalling pathways governing plant responses to abiotic and biotic stresses, including those depending on small RNA-mediated regulation. We also encourage the submission of research or review papers providing deeper insight into phenomena of phenotypic plasticity and stress memory associated to plant environmental adaptation.

Guest Editor

Dr. Chiara Pagliarani

Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, National Research Council, Strada delle Cacce 73, 10135 Turin, Italy

Guest Editor

Dr. Walter Chitarra

Research Centre for Viticulture and Enology, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA-VE), Via XVIII Aprile 26, 31015 Conegliano (TV), Italy


Climate adaptation

Epigenetic modifications

Transcriptional reprogramming



Stress memory

Submission Deadline: 30 April 2020

Online Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online through Hapres Online Submission System. Please visit Guide for Authors before submitting a manuscript. Authors are encouraged to submit a paper as soon as it is ready and don’t need to wait until the deadline. Submissions will be sent to peer-review in order of arrival. Accepted papers will be published continuously in Crop Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (CBGG) and then gathered together on the special issue webpage. We welcome Research articles, Review papers, Short Communications, Perspective, Commentary, etc. There are no restrictions on word count, number of figures, or amount of supporting information. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for approval.

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