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Genomic and Metabolomic Tools: Twin Thruster Rockets into the Future of Plant Biology
Submission Deadline: September 30, 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 genomicss
About This Topic
Plants are superb chemists, beyond their existentially important role in primary carbon (CO2) fixation. Sessile plants cannot flee herbivores/pathogens nor seek out more nutrient-rich soils and better growth conditions. 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 among plants and between plants and other organisms that employ plants as hosts, or food sources? The spectrum of ‘other organisms’ extends from symbionts to pathogens and herbivores. An important issue is plant chemical communication with pollinators, and potential insectivorous allies, to name two examples of byzantine relationships.
Employing the technologies of both genomics and “metabolomics” we can learn much of the complex chemical relationships between plants and their abiotic and biotic environments.
The aim of the Special Issue is to feature advances in plant genomics and metabolomics, especially their synergistic “cross talk.” We especially seek innovative work in combining biological/genetic manipulation of plants and the resultant effects on their chemical output. Such approaches will aid our understanding of plant associations with microbes, animals and other plants, and can lead to elegant metabolic engineering of plants.
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