About this Research Topic
Light is not only the source of energy for photosynthesis but also an informational cue for plant growth and development. Plants have evolved phenotypic and developmental plasticity to optimally adapt to the ambient environment. Different wavelength-specific light signals, from ultraviolet to far-red, are perceived by distinct photoreceptors in plants. These light-activated photoreceptors transmit light information to downstream signaling pathways that regulate numerous developmental processes such as germination, seedling development, shade avoidance, phototropic response, and flowering.
Although extensive studies over the past three decades have revealed a comprehensive map of light signal transduction in the model plant Arabidopsis, a better understanding of the light signal transduction pathway in crops or knowledge of light signal transduction in agricultural applications is still lacking. The goal of this Research Topic is to provide an overview of recent advances in light-mediated development in plants.
We welcome submissions of original research papers, reviews, and methods, including (but not limited to) research on the following sub-themes:
-Photosynthesis and chloroplast biology
-Light perception and signaling
-Light-mediated hormone or abiotic/biotic stress signaling.
-Optogenetics based on plant light sensory systems.
Keywords: Light signalling, Photoreceptors, Photosynthesis, Photomorphogenesis, Optogenetics
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