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Plant nutrition is a field that crosses borders and that touches corners of several disciplines in the area of the nutritional sciences. On the one hand, plants require a multitude of essential and non-essential nutrients for proper sustenance and development. The uptake, transport, and accumulation of these micro- and macronutrients must be tightly regulated in order to avoid both deficiency and toxicity, and to regulate the plant's nutritional status to maintain an ideal equilibrium. On the other hand, fiber, protein, non-saturated fats, and phytochemicals (e.g. carotenoids, folic acid, alkaloids, polyphenols), besides having demonstrable critical functions in plant metabolism, have also gained visibility within human nutrition due to their health-related benefits. In fact, a safe and sufficient plant food supply is essential for humanity, since directly or indirectly, plant foods constitute our most important source of dietary nutrients.
In this context, section Plant Nutrition will consider submissions that deal with aspects of plant nutrition from both a plant standpoint (e.g. studies aimed at understanding diverse processes of nutrient uptake, transport, metabolism, and storage) and a human perspective (e.g. strategies to modulate nutritional and anti-nutritional content of plant foods; bioavailability of plant nutrients in the human gut; novel plant food sources with high nutritional content; validation of bioactivity of phytonutrients for human health). As such, we welcome papers that cover the entire scope of plant nutrition, bringing forward an integrated forum addressing the activities and functions of micro- and macronutrients needed for plant growth, but also showcasing the important role of plant foods in nutrient delivery for optimal human and animal health.
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