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Nitrogen uptake and kinetics in key staple cereal crops

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Editor: Mehmood Ali Noor, Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China
Assistant Editor: Tariq Shah, Department of Agronomy, University of Agriculture Peshawar, Pakistan


Nitrogen (N) is an essential element found in most macromolecules and many secondary compounds, including proteins, nucleic acids, cell wall components, hormones and vitamins. Plants and fungi are the only eukaryotic organisms able to assimilate inorganic N. Aside from legumes, which can fix atmospheric N, plants use mainly nitrate in aerobic soils and ammonium in flooded wetland or acidic soils. Uptake of amino acids and peptides is of interest under specific conditions, but seems to be minor in agricultural systems. The utilization of these compounds by plants involves uptake, assimilation, translocation, recycling and remobilization. These steps need to be coordinately regulated and tightly integrated with other metabolic processes during development and in response to the environment.

This Topical Issue intends to bring together the current research findings on the various steps that contribute to an efficient use of nitrogen in cereal crops.

Submissions could consist of research in topics including, but not limited to:

  1. Transport (uptake and translocation) of N containing molecules (NH4, NO3, peptides, urea, amino acids)
  2. Metabolic processes involved in N assimilation
  3. Metabolic processes involved in N mobilization
  4. Nitrogen cycling in agro-ecosystems
  5. Functions of N in plant physiology and growth of cereals
  6. Microbes and N under cereal-based cropping system
  7. Integrated N management for cereal crops


The authors are kindly invited to submit their contribution via online submission system Editorial Manager available at http://www.editorialmanager.com/opag/

All articles should be submitted in English. All papers will go through the Open Agriculture high standards, quick and comprehensive peer-review procedure and will be published continuously.

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors.

All papers submitted for this Topical Issue will have the Article Processing Charges (APC) completely waived.

We are looking forward to your submission up to 30th June 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Mehmood Ali Noor at Mehmood.Ali.Noor@degruyteropen.com or Agnieszka Topolska (Open Agriculture Managing Editor) at Agnieszka.Topolska@degruyteropen.com       

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  • no submission charges
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions
  • immediate publication upon completing the publishing process
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  • comprehensive abstracting & indexing e.g. SCOPUS and ESCI.