Editorial: Role of silicon in plants

Rupesh K. Deshmukh, Jian Feng Ma, Richard R. Bélanger

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

11 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Silicon (Si), the second most abundant element on earth surface, is rapidly gaining attention in agriculture because of its many beneficial effects for plants. Hundreds of studies performed with several plant species and under diverse growth conditions have demonstrated the favorable benefits of Si fertilization, particularly in alleviating biotic and abiotic stresses (Fauteux et al., 2005, 2006). Ever since the breakthrough discovery of genes explaining the molecular mechanisms of Si uptake and transport in plants a decade ago (Ma et al., 2006, 2007), many research endeavors have tried to explain how and why Si presence in plants confers advantages. The most challenging aspect consists in defining a mechanistic model explaining the precise mechanisms involved in Si-derived stress tolerance. While many hypotheses have been proposed, there is no conclusive evidence showing exactly how Si plays a role in stress tolerance. Current efforts to resolve this enigma involve comprehensive analyses of the effect of Si supplementation on various abiotic and biotic stresses, biochemical and physiological parameters, mineral co-localization and distribution, and transcriptomic and metabolomic responses. At the same time, research activities are focused on improving Si fertilization and Si sources for crop cultivation. The present research topic compiles many aspects helpful to generate a better understanding required for the optimal utilization of Si to promote sustainable development and climate-adapted cropping.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1858
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 25 2017

Fingerprint

silicon
biotic stress
stress tolerance
abiotic stress
mechanistic models
metabolomics
transcriptomics
sustainable development
minerals
agriculture
climate
crops

Keywords

  • Abiotic stress tolerance
  • Biotic stress tolerance
  • Physiology
  • Silicon uptake
  • Transport dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science

Cite this

Editorial : Role of silicon in plants. / Deshmukh, Rupesh K.; Ma, Jian Feng; Bélanger, Richard R.

In: Frontiers in Plant Science, Vol. 8, 1858, 25.10.2017.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Deshmukh, Rupesh K. ; Ma, Jian Feng ; Bélanger, Richard R. / Editorial : Role of silicon in plants. In: Frontiers in Plant Science. 2017 ; Vol. 8.
@article{a129d41c803e45539c2ee7ac19baa5ee,
title = "Editorial: Role of silicon in plants",
abstract = "Silicon (Si), the second most abundant element on earth surface, is rapidly gaining attention in agriculture because of its many beneficial effects for plants. Hundreds of studies performed with several plant species and under diverse growth conditions have demonstrated the favorable benefits of Si fertilization, particularly in alleviating biotic and abiotic stresses (Fauteux et al., 2005, 2006). Ever since the breakthrough discovery of genes explaining the molecular mechanisms of Si uptake and transport in plants a decade ago (Ma et al., 2006, 2007), many research endeavors have tried to explain how and why Si presence in plants confers advantages. The most challenging aspect consists in defining a mechanistic model explaining the precise mechanisms involved in Si-derived stress tolerance. While many hypotheses have been proposed, there is no conclusive evidence showing exactly how Si plays a role in stress tolerance. Current efforts to resolve this enigma involve comprehensive analyses of the effect of Si supplementation on various abiotic and biotic stresses, biochemical and physiological parameters, mineral co-localization and distribution, and transcriptomic and metabolomic responses. At the same time, research activities are focused on improving Si fertilization and Si sources for crop cultivation. The present research topic compiles many aspects helpful to generate a better understanding required for the optimal utilization of Si to promote sustainable development and climate-adapted cropping.",
keywords = "Abiotic stress tolerance, Biotic stress tolerance, Physiology, Silicon uptake, Transport dynamics",
author = "Deshmukh, {Rupesh K.} and Ma, {Jian Feng} and B{\'e}langer, {Richard R.}",
year = "2017",
month = "10",
day = "25",
doi = "10.3389/fpls.2017.01858",
language = "English",
volume = "8",
journal = "Frontiers in Plant Science",
issn = "1664-462X",
publisher = "Frontiers Media S. A.",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Editorial

T2 - Role of silicon in plants

AU - Deshmukh, Rupesh K.

AU - Ma, Jian Feng

AU - Bélanger, Richard R.

PY - 2017/10/25

Y1 - 2017/10/25

N2 - Silicon (Si), the second most abundant element on earth surface, is rapidly gaining attention in agriculture because of its many beneficial effects for plants. Hundreds of studies performed with several plant species and under diverse growth conditions have demonstrated the favorable benefits of Si fertilization, particularly in alleviating biotic and abiotic stresses (Fauteux et al., 2005, 2006). Ever since the breakthrough discovery of genes explaining the molecular mechanisms of Si uptake and transport in plants a decade ago (Ma et al., 2006, 2007), many research endeavors have tried to explain how and why Si presence in plants confers advantages. The most challenging aspect consists in defining a mechanistic model explaining the precise mechanisms involved in Si-derived stress tolerance. While many hypotheses have been proposed, there is no conclusive evidence showing exactly how Si plays a role in stress tolerance. Current efforts to resolve this enigma involve comprehensive analyses of the effect of Si supplementation on various abiotic and biotic stresses, biochemical and physiological parameters, mineral co-localization and distribution, and transcriptomic and metabolomic responses. At the same time, research activities are focused on improving Si fertilization and Si sources for crop cultivation. The present research topic compiles many aspects helpful to generate a better understanding required for the optimal utilization of Si to promote sustainable development and climate-adapted cropping.

AB - Silicon (Si), the second most abundant element on earth surface, is rapidly gaining attention in agriculture because of its many beneficial effects for plants. Hundreds of studies performed with several plant species and under diverse growth conditions have demonstrated the favorable benefits of Si fertilization, particularly in alleviating biotic and abiotic stresses (Fauteux et al., 2005, 2006). Ever since the breakthrough discovery of genes explaining the molecular mechanisms of Si uptake and transport in plants a decade ago (Ma et al., 2006, 2007), many research endeavors have tried to explain how and why Si presence in plants confers advantages. The most challenging aspect consists in defining a mechanistic model explaining the precise mechanisms involved in Si-derived stress tolerance. While many hypotheses have been proposed, there is no conclusive evidence showing exactly how Si plays a role in stress tolerance. Current efforts to resolve this enigma involve comprehensive analyses of the effect of Si supplementation on various abiotic and biotic stresses, biochemical and physiological parameters, mineral co-localization and distribution, and transcriptomic and metabolomic responses. At the same time, research activities are focused on improving Si fertilization and Si sources for crop cultivation. The present research topic compiles many aspects helpful to generate a better understanding required for the optimal utilization of Si to promote sustainable development and climate-adapted cropping.

KW - Abiotic stress tolerance

KW - Biotic stress tolerance

KW - Physiology

KW - Silicon uptake

KW - Transport dynamics

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85034020020&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85034020020&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.3389/fpls.2017.01858

DO - 10.3389/fpls.2017.01858

M3 - Editorial

AN - SCOPUS:85034020020

VL - 8

JO - Frontiers in Plant Science

JF - Frontiers in Plant Science

SN - 1664-462X

M1 - 1858

ER -