Call for Papers—Upcoming Plant Physiology Focus Issues

2021 Focus Issue on Redox Biology

Editors: Peter Geigenberger, Nicholas Smirnoff, Frank Van Breusegem, Karl-Josef Dietz, and Graham Noctor

Deadline for Submission: August 3, 2020
Publication: March 2021

Plants organize a multiplicity of different reactions in which reactive molecular species, redox modifications, and redox proteins act to regulate cellular homeostasis. Recent studies elucidate the organization and biological significance of this complex redox network in planta. They indicate emerging roles of thiol redox regulation, reactive oxygen, and nitrogen species in integrating metabolism, environmental acclimation, stress responses, and plant development. This focus issue on Redox Biology will capture up-to-date views and perspectives of these recent developments, and will highlight important gaps in understanding the involved processes to catalyze future studies. Invited Updates will review areas that continue to add new and pertinent insights and highlight nascent and transformative areas of future development. We seek submissions of research articles on novel biochemical and physiological aspects of thiol redox regulation, reactive oxygen/nitrogen species, and antioxidant metabolism in the context of environmental acclimation, stress responses, and development.

Authors interested in contributing should indicate this in the cover letter when submitting papers online at http://pphys.msubmit.net. Please select “Plant Redox Biology” from the Focus Issue list in the online submission system. Articles published in Plant Physiology on this topic within 2 years before and after the Focus Issue publication date will be collected in an online Focus Collection.

For more information contact:
Peter Geigenberger (geigenberger@bio.lmu.de)
Nicholas Smirnoff (N.Smirnoff@exeter.ac.uk)
Frank Van Breusegem (frank.vanbreusegem@ugent.be)
Karl-Josef Dietz (karl-josef.dietz@uni-bielefeld.de)
Graham Noctor (graham.noctor@u-psud.fr)

To submit an article, go to http://pphys.msubmit.net/.

2021 Focus Issue on Dynamic Membranes

Editors: Teun Munnik, Sébastien Mongrand, Viktor Zársky, and Mike Blatt

Deadline for Submission: May 4, 2020
Publication: January 2021

Membranes are highly dynamic structures, with the timescales for turnover of lipid and protein spanning orders of magnitude from seconds to many hours. These hydrophobic fluid barriers incorporate phospholipids, sphingolipids, glycolipids, and sterols, and contain a wide range of proteins crucial for transporting ions and biomolecules (e.g., sugars, miRNAs) across the lipid bilayer. They are crucial as platforms supporting integral and peripheral proteins, hosting sensors, and receptors for signal detection and transduction, and they are essential for plant growth and development. The Focus Issue on Dynamic Membranes will capture up-to-date views and perspectives on developments at the forefront of membrane research, and it will highlight the most important gaps in understanding that will be the focus for future studies. Invited Updates will provide reviews on areas that continue to add transformative insights pertinent to existing knowledge and on nascent but important areas of future development. We seek submissions of research articles on all aspects that make plant membranes dynamic, including signaling, endocytosis, exocytosis, vesicular transport, membrane barriers, protein and lipid binding, and the mechanics of these processes.

Authors interested in contributing should indicate this in the cover letter when submitting papers online at http://pphys.msubmit.net. Please select “Dynamic Membranes” from the Focus Issue list in the online submission system. Articles published in Plant Physiology on this topic within 2 years before and after the Focus Issue publication date will be collected in an online Focus Collection.

For more information contact:
Teun Munnik (T.Munnik@uva.nl),
Sébastien Mongrand (sebastien.mongrand@u-bordeaux.fr),
Viktor Zársky (zarsky@ueb.cas.cz),
or Mike Blatt (eic-plantphys@glasgow.ac.uk)

To submit an article, go to http://pphys.msubmit.net/.

2020 Focus Issue on Parasitic Plants 

Editors: Harro Bouwmeester, Claude dePamphilis, Neelima Sinha, and Julie D. Scholes

Submission Deadline: April 6, 2020
Publication Date: December 2020

Parasitic plants can connect to the vasculature of a host plant from which they take part or all of the water, nutrients, and assimilates they need to complete their life cycle. This parasitic lifestyle required that these parasitic plants evolved host detection, host attachment, host exploitation, and host defense suppression strategies. The elucidation of these strategies and the underlying mechanisms has in recent years been greatly facilitated by the advent of models species, molecular and genomic tools, and omics approaches such as transcriptomics and metabolomics. Intriguing findings include the discovery that small molecules, proteins, and RNA are exchanged between host and parasite; the elucidation of the importance of signaling molecules from the host in the induction of parasitic plant germination and haustorium formation; the finding that parasitic plants suppress the defense mechanisms of their host; and the discovery that parasitic plants have evolved a host detection mechanism. This newly generated scientific knowledge will help us to understand how parasitism in plants may have evolved, and will also contribute to new approaches to create resistance and develop new control measures for this important agricultural problem. This Focus Issue will showcase Updates and Research Articles in the field of parasitic plants on topics such as the parasitic plant life cycle and lifestyle (and how this compares to other pathogens), germination stimulants/strigolactones and the strigolactone receptor in parasitic plants, haustorium formation, the transfer of information between parasitic plants and their hosts, host manipulation by parasites, and the evolution of plant parasitism. Submissions within this theme might include studies on the evolution of plant–plant parasitism, physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying the host plant–parasitic plant interaction (including germination and haustorium formation), and information exchange between plant hosts and parasitic plants.

Authors interested in contributing should indicate this in the cover letter when submitting papers online at http://pphys.msubmit.net. Please select “Parasitic Plants” from the Focus Issue list in the online submission system. Articles published in Plant Physiology on this topic within 2 years before and after the Focus Issue publication date will be collected in an online Focus Collection.

Please contact Harro Bouwmeester (H.J.Bouwmeester@uva.nl), Claude dePamphilis (cwd3@psu.edu), Neelima Sinha (nrsinha@ucdavis.edu), or Julie D. Scholes (j.scholes@sheffield.ac.uk) for more information.

To submit an article, go to http://pphys.msubmit.net.

2020 Focus Issue on Receptors and Signaling

Editors: Alice Cheung, Jenny Russinova, Li-Jia Qu, Cyril Zipfel, and Yunde Zhao

Deadline for Submission: October 1, 2019
Anticipated Publication Date: March/April 2020

Plant Physiology is pleased to announce a Focus Issue on Receptors and Signaling edited by Alice Cheung, Jenny Russinova, Li-Jia Qu, Cyril Zipfel, and Yunde Zhao, to be published in March/April 2020.

Authors submitting to this Focus Issue should indicate their interest in the cover letter when submitting papers online at http://pphys.msubmit.net/. Please select “Receptors and Signaling” from the Focus Issue list in the online submission system. Articles published in Plant Physiology on this topic within 2 years before and after the Focus Issue publication date will be collected in an online Focus Collection.

For growth, development, and surviving adversities, organisms rely on the ability to sense and respond to changing conditions in their environment as well as perturbations to their own endogenous homeostasis. In the past three decades or so, we have learned that plants have evolved elaborate networks of receptor-mediated pathways, ensuring the multitude of conditions they encounter are well integrated for their proliferation. The Focus Issue on Receptors and Signaling intends to capture views as up-to-date as possible and perspectives on the way forward. Invited Updates will provide reviews on areas that continue to add transformative insights on already existing knowledge and on nascent but important areas of development. We seek submissions of research articles from the plant biology community on all aspects of cell signaling, from cell surface and intracellular signal perception systems and their signal to response pathways.

For inquiries, please contact the Editors of the Focus Issue:
Alice Cheung (acheung@biochem.umass.edu), Jenny Russinova (Eugenia.Russinova@psb.vib-ugent.be), Li-Jia Qu (qulj@pku.edu.cn), Cyril Zipfel (cyril.zipfel@botinst.uzh.ch), and Yunde Zhao (yundezhao@ucsd.edu).

To submit an article, go to http://pphys.msubmit.net/

2020 Focus Issue on RNA Biology

Editors: Julia Bailey-Serres, Motoaki Seki, Jixian Zhai, and Sarah M. Assmann

Deadline for Submission: July 1, 2019
Anticipated Publication Date: January 2020

Genome-scale technologies have revealed underexplored co- and post-transcriptional processes that regulate dynamics in gene expression. Given the importance of RNA-based processes including development and stress tolerance, the elucidation of these diverse mechanisms can have impacts from food security to biotechnology. This Focus Issue will showcase Updates and Research Articles in the field of RNA biology on topics such lncRNAs, small RNAs, RNA structure and modifications (e.g., m6A, polyadenylation), upstream open reading frames, ribonucleoprotein complexes, and genome and epigenome influence on gene expression. Submissions within this theme might include studies on RNA-regulated chromatin modification and organization, transcript synthesis, modification, splicing, export, turnover, translation, sequestration, subcellular localization, and cell-to-cell movement, as well as RNA processes in plastids and mitochondria.

Authors interested in contributing should indicate this in the cover letter when submitting papers online at http://pphys.msubmit.net. Please select “RNA Biology” from the Focus Issue list in the online submission system. Articles published in Plant Physiology on this topic within 2 years before and after the Focus Issue publication date will be collected in an online Focus Collection.

Please contact Julia Bailey Serres (serres@ucr.edu), Motoaki Seki (motoaki.seki@riken.jp), Jixian Zhai (zhaijx@sustc.edu.cn), or Sarah M. Assmann (sma3@psu.edu) for more information.

To submit an article, go to http://pphys.msubmit.net