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Editorial for special issue: “Production and role of molecular hydrogen in plants”

Hancock, John T

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There seems little doubt that hydrogen gas (molecular hydrogen: H2) has significant effects on biological systems, including on plants. H2 can be administered as a gas, but more commonly is applied to plants as a solution which has been bubbled with hydrogen gas, what is referred to as hydrogen-rich water (HRW). Applying this to soils or plant tissues, a range of effects have been reported, on seed germination, root growth and post-harvest longevity. Often the effects of H2 are seen following a stress challenge to the plant material, such as exposure to heavy metals, and therefore it has been suggested that H2 might mitigate several plant stresses. What is less clear is how H2 works, as the direct targets of H2 are not obvious. It has been mooted as an antioxidant, interacting with heme oxygenase or altering the redox state of proteins. Clearly more work is needed to fully understand how H2 interacts with biological materials. Here, this Special Issue has brought together several papers by those working on this exciting and promising area of plant science.

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Hancock, J. T. (in press). Editorial for special issue: “Production and role of molecular hydrogen in plants”. Plants, 11(Special issue on ‘Production and role of molecular hydrogen in plants’), e2047. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants11152047

Journal Article Type Editorial
Acceptance Date Aug 3, 2022
Online Publication Date Aug 5, 2022
Deposit Date Aug 3, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 6, 2022
Journal Plants
Electronic ISSN 2223-7747
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue Special issue on ‘Production and role of molecular hydrogen in plants’
Pages e2047
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/plants11152047
Keywords antioxidants; heme oxygenase; hydrogen gas; hydrogen-rich water; plant stress; redox
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/9782170
Publisher URL https://www.mdpi.com/journal/plants/special_issues/Molecular_Hydrogen

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