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Molecular Perspectives for Plant Autophagy Regulation

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As sessile organisms, plants are constantly confronted with a changing environment; they require permanent and efficient adjustment to balance growth and defense. Autophagy is a eukaryote-specific basal cellular process that uses a double membrane structure to engulf undesirable targets (proteins, lipids, organelles, etc.) and transport them to the central vacuole for degradation and recycling. Autophagy has been shown to play a critical role in plant growth, regulation of biotic/abiotic stress response and more.

In recent decades, great progress has been made in the field of plant autophagy pathways and their regulation. In addition to the discoveries of conserved autophagy-related (ATG) proteins in yeast and animals, plants have also developed both common and unique components for sensing endogenous and exogenous signals and respond accordingly. The goal of this Research Topic is to provide an up-to-date overview of the regulation of this fundamental process and to discuss future directions in plant autophagy.

We welcome submissions of original research papers, reviews, and methods, including (but not limited to) research on the following sub-themes:
• Autophagy in plant biotic/abiotic stress response
• Interplay between plant growth and autophagy regulation
• Autophagy in plant metabolites management
• Phytohormones and environmental signals in controlling autophagy
• Transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of Autophagy

Disclaimer: We welcome submissions of different types of related manuscripts, but descriptive studies lacking significant biological advances would be rejected without peer review.


Keywords: Autophagy, Hormones, Environmental signals, Plant growth, Stress tolerance


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

As sessile organisms, plants are constantly confronted with a changing environment; they require permanent and efficient adjustment to balance growth and defense. Autophagy is a eukaryote-specific basal cellular process that uses a double membrane structure to engulf undesirable targets (proteins, lipids, organelles, etc.) and transport them to the central vacuole for degradation and recycling. Autophagy has been shown to play a critical role in plant growth, regulation of biotic/abiotic stress response and more.

In recent decades, great progress has been made in the field of plant autophagy pathways and their regulation. In addition to the discoveries of conserved autophagy-related (ATG) proteins in yeast and animals, plants have also developed both common and unique components for sensing endogenous and exogenous signals and respond accordingly. The goal of this Research Topic is to provide an up-to-date overview of the regulation of this fundamental process and to discuss future directions in plant autophagy.

We welcome submissions of original research papers, reviews, and methods, including (but not limited to) research on the following sub-themes:
• Autophagy in plant biotic/abiotic stress response
• Interplay between plant growth and autophagy regulation
• Autophagy in plant metabolites management
• Phytohormones and environmental signals in controlling autophagy
• Transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of Autophagy

Disclaimer: We welcome submissions of different types of related manuscripts, but descriptive studies lacking significant biological advances would be rejected without peer review.


Keywords: Autophagy, Hormones, Environmental signals, Plant growth, Stress tolerance


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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01 October 2021 Abstract
01 February 2022 Manuscript

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01 February 2022 Manuscript

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