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Theoretical and Experimental Plant Physiology

Theoretical and Experimental Plant Physiology

Editor-in-Chief: Gustavo Habermann

ISSN: 2197-0025 (electronic version)

Journal no. 40626

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Theoretical and Experimental Plant Physiology welcomes papers for a thematic issue on topics related to root physiology including their interactions with the soil and microbiota. Authors are invited to submit articles in which roots are the central focus. The issue may have a broad scope, e.g. anatomy, soil management, biostimulants, microorganisms, fertilization, grafting methods etc. However, the respective topic must be addressed from a physiological perspective. Original and opinion articles are also welcome. If you wish to submit a review article, please send a pre-submission enquiry regarding the suitability of the review for our consideration, using the address: pmazza@unicamp.br.

Deadline for submissions: July 3rd, 2019


Paulo Mazzafera – Institute of Biology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas / College of Agriculture Luiz de Queiroz, University of São Paulo
Rafael Vasconcelos Ribeiro – Institute of Biology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas


Roots are as important as leaves and it is through roots that plants are sensitized by variations in the availability of nutrients and water and are affected by microorganisms. Roots emit signals to the shoots; roots change the physiology of the entire plant, leading to adaptation and defence responses. Roots absorb not only nutrients that are vital to the plant metabolism, but also elements that can be toxic to both plants and human beings. After all, plants are at the bottom of the food chain. Compared to the organs and tissues of the aboveground plant parts, roots are much less studied due to methodological difficulties, especially in field studies.
To date, relatively few studies accompanied the roots during the whole cycle of a plant under natural conditions. Much of what we know about roots comes from studies carried out in rhizotrons or in plants growing in nutrient solution, which, despite extremely useful tools, have limitations. Nevertheless, genetic and molecular studies have revealed the mechanisms controlling root growth and coordinating responses to nutrient and water uptake. The interaction of microorganisms with the roots has also been unveiled. Knowledge about how roots are affected by the surrounding environment and respond to changes in growth conditions is essential for improving management practices in agriculture, such as the use of substances for stimulating root growth or enhancing use efficiency of nutrients and water. This special issue aims to bring information that seeks to fill this knowledge gap.
Manuscripts should be formatted according to the journal’s submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system.
IMPORTANT: Please select the article type option “S.I.: Root Physiology” during the submission process and do not forget to mention the special issue in your cover letter.

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    Theoretical and Experimental Plant Physiology is an international journal, published four times per year, devoted to publish original research contributions in several domains of plant physiology. The journal publishes Research Articles, Short Communications, Reviews, Opinion, Articles and Letters to the Editor.

    Theoretical and Experimental Plant Physiology does not publish articles in taxonomy, anatomy, systematics and ecology unless they have a physiological approach related to the following sections:

                • Biochemical Processes: primary and secondary metabolism, and biochemistry

                • Photobiology and Photosynthesis Processes

                • Cell Biology

                • Genes and Development

                • Plant Molecular Biology

                • Signaling and Response

                • Plant Nutrition

                • Growth and Differentiation: seed physiology, hormonal physiology and photomorphogenesis

                • Post-Harvest Physiology

                • Ecophysiology/Crop Physiology and Stress Physiology

                • Applied Plant Ecology

                • Plant-Microbe and Plant-Insect Interactions

                • Instrumentation in Plant Physiology

                • Education in Plant Physiology

    Contributions should present new and significant findings. Simple experiments on applications of existing methods or methodological and technical procedures will not be considered for publication as well as data from dose-response experiments without physiological discussion. Manuscripts assuring known aspects without coming up to a suitable understanding of the physiological mechanisms involved will be returned as a general rule without review.

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