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Xylem Function under Biotic and Abiotic Stresses

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Title: Xylem Function under Biotic and Abiotic Stresses

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Qiang Sun, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Email: qsun@uwsp.edu
Andrew J. McElrone, USDA-Agricultural Research Service/ University of California-Davis; Email: ajmcelrone@ucdavis.edu ...

Title: Xylem Function under Biotic and Abiotic Stresses

Hosts:
Qiang Sun, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Email: qsun@uwsp.edu
Andrew J. McElrone, USDA-Agricultural Research Service/ University of California-Davis; Email: ajmcelrone@ucdavis.edu
M. Caroline Roper, University of California-Riverside; Email: mcroper@ucr.edu
John M. Labavitch, University of California-Davis; Email: jmlabavitch@ucdavis.edu

Description: Plant growth, development and reproduction are dependent on the normal functioning of xylem tissue. Xylem function can be disrupted by a variety of biotic and abiotic factors. Understanding xylem performance under the stress conditions is crucial to provide insight into structure-function relationships and acclimation/adaptation of plants to their environments. This research topic focuses on xylem function under stress. We aim to publish the best research dealing with anatomical, physiological and biochemical modifications/alterations of xylem tissue and their impacts on xylem functions under biotic stresses (e.g., pathogen infection, herbivory and plant aging/fruit ripening processes) and abiotic environmental stresses (e.g., wounding, drought, flooding and freezing temperatures). The modifications/changes we are concerned with include, but are not limited to, xylem and vessel network integration, vascular occlusion, pit membrane structure, composition and porosity of conduit walls, gel secretion, xylem sap chemistry and physiology, bacterial biofilms and fungal pathogens, embolism and hydraulic conductivity, the role of living cells in maintaining function, and trunk diseases. With our focus on these, we encourage submission of original research papers, novel research methods and techniques, mini-reviews and perspectives. We also hope that this research topic can serve as an effective platform for publicizing the most updated research achievements among researchers in this field.


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