Special Issue "Advances in Plant Cell Biology Research"

Submission Deadline: 20 January 2021
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Guest Editors
Prof. Mirza Hasanuzzaman, PhD
Department of Agronomy, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh
E-mail: mhzsauag@yahoo.com
Prof. Masayuki Fujita, PhD
Faculty of Agriculture, Kagawa University, Kagawa 761-0795, Japan
E-mail: fujita@ag.kagawa-u.ac.jp


Plant science has an important part to play in meeting the global food security challenges plants are the primary food producer for humans and animals. The world’s food production will need to increase dramatically to match the predicted population growth. Achieving this goal will be very challenging due to the decreased availability of arable land and various stress factors. It is expected to rise, given the current trends in climate change. Considering this facts plant biologists have been working hard to address these issues and improving the plant productivity using various approaches. The fields of agronomy, plant breeding, plant protection, and plant physiology employed various approaches towards climate-resilient crop varieties with higher productivity. Significant improvement has been made in the area of plant molecular biology and biotechnology. In this special issue, we aimed at accumulating the recent progress in plant biology research. Articles on recent advances in plant biology (original research papers, short communications, reviews, mini-reviews) are welcome. The scope of this Special Issue covers the entire range of pure and applied plant biology. However, some of the broad topics are as follows:

● Plant Cell Physiology
● Plant Genetics and Breeding
● Plant Stress Physiology
● Plant Omics
● Plant Signaling
● Plant Biotechnology
● Plant Molecular Biology
● Plant Biochemistry and Metabolism

Plant physiology; Plant stress; Climate change; Plant breeding; Agronomy; Stress signaling; Plant molecular biology; Plant omics; Plant metabolism

Published Papers
  • Insight into 5-aminolevulinic acid-induced modulation of cellular antioxidant metabolism to confer salinity and drought tolerance in maize
  • Abstract The current study investigated the comparative oxidative damage in two maize seedlings induced by saline, drought, and combined stress and the ameliorative role of two different doses (20 and 80 µM) of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) against the above-mentioned stresses. Hydroponically grown 10-day-old maize (Zea mays, var. BARI Hybrid Maize-7 (BHM-7) and BARI Hybrid Maize-9 (BHM-9)) seedlings were exposed to 12 dS/m of saline solution, 200 mM mannitol-induced drought stress alone and their combined stress for 7 days. Result revealed that individual stresses retard the plant growth to some degrees; however, their combined stress has more detrimental effects, which might be… More
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  • Development of anthracnose disease resistance and heat tolerance chili through conventional breeding and molecular approaches: a review
  • Abstract Chili (Capsicum annuum L.) is the popular spicy vegetable crops belonging to family Solanaceae. Chili peppers are known for their pungency characteristic due to the presence of capsaicinoids that classifies them into hot or sweet pepper. Chili is used as spices, folk remedies for diseases, vegetables, and coloring agent showing a diverse role in human’s life. However, its production is hampered by different biotic stress and abiotic factors. Similarly, the unavailability of high yielding varieties, high temperature, and disease incidence, particularly, anthracnose disease, are the major constraints responsible for the low production of chili pepper. The advents of molecular markers,… More
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  • Component spectroscopic properties of light-harvesting complexes with DFT calculations
  • Abstract Photosynthesis is a fundamental process in biosciences and biotechnology that influences profoundly the research in other disciplines. In this paper, we focus on the characterization of fundamental components, present in pigment-protein complexes, in terms of their spectroscopic properties such as infrared spectra, nuclear magnetic resonance, as well as nuclear quadrupole resonance, which are of critical importance for many applications. Such components include chlorophylls and bacteriochlorophylls. Based on the density functional theory method, we calculate the main spectroscopic characteristics of these components for the Fenna-Matthews-Olson light-harvesting complex, analyze them and compare them with available experimental results. Future outlook is discussed in… More
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  • Construction of castor functional markers fingerprint and analysis of genetic diversity
  • Abstract In order to provide a molecular basis for selecting good hybrid combinations for the identification of castor bean germplasm resources, fingerprint and genetic diversity analysis of 52 castor bean materials from 12 regions in 5 countries were constructed by using the Functinal Markers (FMs) associated with fatty acid metabolism-related genes. A total of 72 alleles were amplified by 29 pairs of FMs with an average of 2.483 per marker and the polymorphic information content was 0.103–0.695. Shannon’s information index (I), observed heterozygosity (Ho) and expected heterozygosity (He) were 0.699, 0.188 and 0.436 respectively. The clustering results indicated that the castor… More
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