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Functional Genomics of Nutrient Metabolism in Plants
Submission Deadline: August 31, 2020 (Open) Submit Now
Joseph C. Polacco, Ph.D
Emeritus Professor, College of Agriculture, Food &Natural Resources, and School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
Research Interests: Plant nitrogen and nitric oxide metabolism; genetic manipulation; functional genomics
About This Topic
Plants are superb chemists, beyond their existentially important role in primary carbon (CO2) fixation. As sessile organisms, they cannot flee herbivores/pathogens nor seek out more nutrient-rich soils and better growth conditions. So, their survival strategies involve intense chemical communication with their biotic and abiotic environments. As a result, plants are not only a primary food source, but also the raw material for pharmaceuticals, micronutrients in human and animal nutrition, and “exotic” drugs. How can we get an overall view of the myriad chemistries of the plant world? And, how can we appreciate the cross chemical signaling between plants and other organisms that avail themselves of plants as hosts, or food sources? Those ‘other organisms’ can be symbionts or, at the other extreme, pathogens and herbivores. An important issue is plant chemical communication with pollinators, and potential insectivorous allies, to name two examples of byzantine relationships.
With rapidly advancing technology in both genomics and “metabolomics” we can learn much of the complex chemical relationships between plants and their biological environment, which of course also includes other plants.
The aim of the Special Issue is to feature the current status of research in plant genomics and metabolomics analyses. We especially seek innovative work in combining biological/genetic manipulation of plants and the resultant effects on chemical output of plants, and plant communities with other organisms.