Call for Papers—Upcoming Focus Issues of Plant Physiology

2021 Focus on the Plant Cell Atlas

Editors: Kenneth D. Birnbaum, Julia Bailey-Serres, Marisa Otegui, and Sue Rhee

Deadline for Submission: May 1, 2021
Publication: December 2021

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

Many questions central to plant biology focus on the state of specialized cells and their response to the environment. Cellular states are relevant to every aspect of plant life, from the specialized cells that accumulate nutrients for human consumption to cell state changes in response to stress, pathogens, or developmental cues. At the same time, new technologies have opened up vast potential to screen cells—some at the level of the whole cell and others with stunning resolution at the subcellular level. The editors of this focus issue seek to include manuscripts that will provide a foundational set of approaches, concepts, techniques, and analytical methods to build a Plant Cell Atlas—a framework to generate and synthesize data on the development, dynamic functions, and specialization of plant cells. The manuscripts submitted should implement new technologies and provide new mechanistic insights. Also encouraged are manuscripts that provide new methods in plant science geared toward overcoming barriers to adoption by the plant community. Contributions will likely include such topics as single cell ‘omics, including nucleic acids, proteins and metabolites, advances in imaging including live imaging, cell physiology, computational cell biology, synthetic biology, mathematical modeling, and data science techniques from data visualization to machine learning approaches.

Authors interested in contributing should indicate this in the cover letter when submitting papers online at http://pphys.msubmit.net. Please select “Plant Cell Atlas” 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 inquiries, please contact the editors of the Focus Issue:
Kenneth D. Birnbaum
Julia Bailey-Serres
Marisa Otegui
Sue Rhee

2021 Focus Issue on Sensors and Controllers: for and from Plants

Editors: Markus Schwarzländer and Matias Zurbriggen

Deadline for Submission: February 1, 2021
Publication: August 2021

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

A characteristic of plant life is the ability to rapidly acclimate tissue function and to change body plans in response to changing conditions. Their responsiveness is underpinned by sophisticated signaling and metabolic networks. These networks are generally dynamic and flexible, requiring nondestructive methods for their analysis in the living plant. Over the last decade, substantial progress has been made toward their understanding through in vivo fluorescent protein-based biosensing of plant signaling, physiology, and metabolism. Recent developments have extended these strategies to rewiring of network components using the light-mediated switches of optogenetics (i.e., light-activated genes, proteins, and channels), providing novel options to actively control plant cell and tissue functions. Ironically, the optogenetic tools that have revolutionized bacterial, yeast, and animal research rely largely on light switches that are derived originally from plant photoreceptors. Both biosensors and optogenetic controllers rely on light and synthetic molecular switches for minimal invasive and specific monitoring or control of biological processes in vivo.

This focus issue on Sensors and Controllers will capture up-to-date views and perspectives of these and related devel-opments and their applications and will highlight important gaps in the available techniques, approaches, and insights to catalyze future studies. Invited Updates will review areas that continue to add new and pertinent insights and high-light nascent and transformative areas that are now expanding rapidly. Additionally, we encourage submissions of primary research articles, reports, and short letters on all aspects of engineering and applications, especially as it applies to fluorescent biosensors and optogenetic switches for plants, novel optogenetic switches derived from plant sensors, novel approaches of using those proteins for monitoring and manipulation of cellular processes, as well as plant bio-logical studies that shed light on in vivo signaling, physiology, and metabolism by exploiting sensors and controllers.

Contributing authors should indicate their interest in the cover letter when submitting papers online at http://pphys. msubmit.net by selecting “Sensors and Controllers” 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 inquiries, please contact the editors of the Focus Issue:
Markus Schwarzländer
Matias Zurbriggen

2021 Focus on Architecture and Plasticity

Editors: Ronald Pierik, Christian Fankhauser, Lucia Strader, and Neelima Sinha

Submission Deadline: January 8, 2021
Publication Date: July 2021

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

Plant Physiology is pleased to announce a Focus Issue on Architecture and Plasticity edited by Ronald Pierik, Christian Fankhauser, Lucia Strader, and Neelima Sinha to be published in July 2021. Submissions on any aspect of plant architecture and/or plasticity of architecture are welcome. The Focus Issue will consider topics ranging from plant development to (plasticity of) architecture, in the context of the organism and its interactions with a dynamic and challenging environment. Contributions might include studies on regulation of shoot or root development and/or architecture, and responses of plant development and architecture to, for example, light, water, nutrients, temperature, and (a)biotic stress. We also welcome submissions within this broad theme that advance computational modeling in architecture and plasticity as well as those that advance mechanistic knowledge to improve crops.

Authors interested in contributing should indicate this in the cover letter when submitting papers online at http://pphys.msubmit.net. Please select “Architecture and Plasticity” 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 inquiries, please contact the editors of the Focus Issue:
Ronald Pierik
Christian Fankhauser
Lucia Strader
Neelima Sinha

2021 Focus Issue on Digital Agriculture

Editors: Rod Wing, Jennifer Clarke, Jiming Jiang, Ning Jiang, Jesse Poland, and Mark Tester

Submission deadline: March 1, 2021
Publication date: October 2021

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

Within the next few decades, our population will increase from 7.6 billion to an estimated 10 billion, which raises the question of our lifetime: “How can we feed our world without destroying our planet?” The answer to this question is complex and multidimensional and will require novel solutions led by data-driven science and transformative future-focused innovation. The Focus Issue on crop improvement in the age of Digital Agriculture will cover a broad range of topics relevant to improvement of plant-based agricultural systems. Articles covering the following topics will be considered: genetic diversity, genomes/transcriptomes, microbiomes, and linking such information to phenotype (in the field and controlled environments) to breed new varieties/crops that are high yielding, nutritious, and sustainable; requiring less water, fertilizers, and pesticides, yet able to grow on marginal lands with reduced greenhouse gas emissions and energy inputs. The Digital Agriculture Focus Issue seeks submissions of Research Articles, Research Reports, and Letters in the areas mentioned. The issue will include reviews that synthesize the current state-of-the-art and future prospects in sustainable precision agriculture, including but not limited to phenotyping, artificial intelligence and deep learning, robotics, databases and data sharing, pangenomics, genomic selection, and neodomestication.

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 “Digital Agriculture” 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 as part of the online Focus Collection on this topic.

For inquiries, please contact the editors of the Focus Issue:
Rod Wing
Jennifer Clarke
Jiming Jiang
Ning Jiang
Jesse Poland
Mark Tester

2021 Focus Issue on Transport and Signaling

Editors: Yi-Fang Tsay, Michael R. Blatt, Matthew Gilliham, Christophe Maurel, and Nicolaus von Wirén

Submission deadline extended to March 8, 2021
Publication: September 2021

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

Membrane transport is essential for nutrition and cellular homeostasis, it plays key roles in signaling and development, and it is a vital component of responses to biotic and abiotic stress. This Focus Issue will highlight the recent advances in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms be-hind membrane transport, its integration with signaling, and its roles in homeostasis. A selection of Update Reviews, included within the Issue, will address new and transformative insights that are driving research beyond the traditional boundaries of transport physiology. We welcome submissions of primary Research Articles, Research Reports, and Letters from the com-munity on all aspects of membrane transport, and we encourage submis-sions that address quantitative frameworks in understanding membrane transport, transport proteins, and the integration of transport and signaling across scales.

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 “Transport 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 as part of the online Focus Collection on this topic.

For inquiries, please contact the editors of the Focus Issue:
Yi-Fang Tsay (yftsay@gate.sinica.edu.tw)
Michael R. Blatt (eic-plantphys@glasgow.ac.uk)
Matthew Gilliham (matthew.gilliham@adelaide.edu.au)
Christophe Maurel (christophe.maurel@supagro.fr)
Nicolaus von Wirén (vonwiren@ipk-gatersleben.de)

2021 Focus Issue on Redox Biology

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

Deadline for submission extended to October 5, 2020
Publication: May 2021

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

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 inquiries, please contact the editors of the Focus Issue:
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)

2021 Focus Issue on Dynamic Membranes

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

Deadline for Submission: August 24, 2020
Publication: March 2021

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

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 inquiries, please contact the editors of the Focus Issue:
Teun Munnik (T.Munnik@uva.nl),
Sébastien Mongrand (sebastien.mongrand@u-bordeaux.fr),
Viktor Zársky (zarsky@ueb.cas.cz),
Mike Blatt (eic-plantphys@glasgow.ac.uk)

2021 Focus Issue on Parasitic Plants 

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

Submission Deadline: June 18, 2020
Publication Date: April 2021

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

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.

For inquiries, please contact the editors of the Focus Issue:
Harro Bouwmeester
(H.J.Bouwmeester@uva.nl)
Claude dePamphilis
(cwd3@psu.edu)
Neelima Sinha
(nrsinha@ucdavis.edu)
Julie D. Scholes
(j.scholes@sheffield.ac.uk)