Special issue on specialized metabolites in horticultural crops

Published 26 July, 2022


During the diversification of angiosperm plants, tens of thousands of plant-specialized metabolites (PSMs) evolve, which adapt to their changing surroundings. These metabolites play dominant roles in the interactions between plants and other organisms, and endow plants with resistance to pathogens, insects, other herbivores and abiotic stresses, such as cold/freeze, drought, salt, ultraviolet, etc. While the biological functions and genetic bases of these PSMs have been widely investigated in model plants and grain crops, fewer advancements have been achieved in horticultural plants. These are worthy of more attention as PSMs usually confer colour, smell, taste, and nutritional and health values to fruits, vegetables, teas and ornamental plants.

This special issue will feature the latest research on specialized metabolites in horticultural plants, including new technologies and methods. We welcome reviews, research papers, methods and research highlights.

Topics covered:

These will include, but not be limited to:

  • Discoveries of novel PSM biosynthetic pathways
  • The regulation network within and among PSMs
  • Transport, storage and emission of PSMs
  • PSMs and environmental adaptations
  • PSMs and abiotic stress tolerance
  • Origin, evolution and domestication of PSMs
  • Mining and utilization of excellent alleles related to PSMs
  • Germplasm resource innovation related to PSMs

Important dates:

  • Submission deadline: 31 January 2023
  • Expected publication date: July 2023

Submission instructions:

Please read the Guide for Authors before submitting. Manuscripts should be submitted via the online submission system; please indicate “Specialized metabolites in horticultural crops” in the title. All submissions will undergo peer review.

Guest Editors:

Prof. Chuankui Song

Editor of HPJ

State Key Laboratory of Tea Plant Biology and Utilization, International Joint Laboratory on Tea Chemistry and Health Effects, Anhui Agricultural University, China. Email: sckfriend@163.com

Prof. Xiang Gao

Editor of HPJ

Key Laboratory of Molecular Epigenetics of MOE and Institute of Genetics & Cytology, Northeast Normal University, China. Email: gaoxiang424@163.com

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