Plant Mol Biol (2016) 91:597 DOI 10.1007/s11103-016-0501-8 EDITORIAL Eva Benkova´ Published online: 29 June 2016 The Author(s) 2016. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com Plants are continuously exposed to a myriad of external pathogens and hormone mediated defense mechanisms are signals such as ﬂuctuating nutrients availability, drought, the topic of three articles. heat, cold, high salinity, or pathogen/pest attacks that can An improvement of plant performance under less severely affect their development, growth, and fertility. As favorable environmental conditions is one of the major sessile organisms, plants must therefore be able to sense challenges of plant biologists nowadays. In this regard, the and rapidly react to these external inputs, activate efﬁcient understanding of principles underlying plant adaptation responses, and adjust development to changing conditions. and defense strategies at the molecular, biochemical, In recent years, signiﬁcant progress has been made towards genetic and physiological level provides a valuable intel- understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the lectual basis for the establishment of novel biotechnolo- intricate and complex communication between plants and gies. It offers possibilities of improving stress tolerance of the environment. It is now becoming increasingly evident plants, decrease the yield losses as a result of ﬂooding and that hormones have an important regulatory role in plant infections, and reduce the amount of fertilizers and pesti- adaptation and defense mechanisms. cides applied in the ﬁelds. This special issue is dedicated to plant hormones in We greatly appreciate the contribution of all authors and interactions with the environment. It brings together a manuscript reviewers, who are all experts in this ﬁeld. My ´ ´ selection of articles that discuss the most recent advances Guest Editor colleagues Jose Dinneny, Rodrigo Gutierrez, in how plants sense and integrate the external inputs into Linda Walling and I also truly appreciate the encourage- optimal physiological and developmental responses, and in ment and help of the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial particular, the role of plant hormones as internal mediators Ofﬁce staff of Plant Molecular Biology. Without their of the interaction between plants and their surrounding support, this speciﬁc issue could not have been possible. environment. The topical reviews focus on three aspects of Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the plant-environment interactions. The role of plant hormones Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://crea in nutrients acquisition is covered in three articles tivecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, addressing the hormonal control of the uptake and assim- distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give ilation of nitrogen and sulfate. Six articles focus on abiotic appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were stress responses, and discuss in detail the impact of hor- made. monal pathways on the plant adaptation to drought, salt and other environmental stresses. Stress responses caused by & Eva Benkova firstname.lastname@example.org Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Klosterneuburg, Austria
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