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Plant Metabolism and Chemodiversity focuses on understanding metabolism at the molecular level in organisms spanning the evolutionary lineage of terrestrial and aquatic plants, and reaching back to the basal members of this branch of life. This Specialty Section aims to develop a broad view of the molecular systems underlying known and as-yet-undiscovered aspects of metabolism and the levels of chemo-/ metabolic diversity associated with these sessile organisms so essential in the biosphere — both as part of human and animal nutrition, and for the future of biorenewable natural resources.
To reflect this cross-disciplinary view, a significant priority of Plant Metabolism and Chemodiversity is the emphasis of the ever-expanding need to integrate and understand the complex interplay of genomics, molecular biology, biochemistry, enzymology, chemistry, physiology, and evolution in plant primary and specialized (secondary) metabolism, as well as the relevance of these systems to plant fitness — particularly as they adapt to varied ecologies, agricultural demands, and global climate change. Finally, with rapid advances in genomics-related technologies such as DNA sequencing and metabolomics, the section hopes to incorporate papers that represent multifaceted studies of plant metabolic systems in a comparative manner across model species, as well as currently under-appreciated non-model land plants and their aquatic relatives.
The open-access model developed by Frontiers offers an outstanding alternative to traditional publication formats. Plant Metabolism and Chemodiversity has assembled a team of internationally renowned scientists with a wide spectrum of expertise. Frontiers articles are published fast; they will be online within ~12 weeks after the submission date. The peer-review process has been completely revised and adapted to guarantee fairness and efficiency using a thorough paperless process, with real-time author-reviewer-editor interactions, collaborative reviewer mandates to maximize quality, and reviewer disclosure after article acceptance.
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