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Protocols in ecological and environmental plant physiology

About the Journal


Functional Plant Biology publishes papers of a broad interest that advance our knowledge on mechanisms by which plants operate and interact with environment. Of specific interest are mechanisms and signal transduction pathways by which plants adapt to extreme environmental conditions such as high and low temperatures, drought, flooding, salinity, pathogens, and other major abiotic and biotic stress factors. FPB also encourages papers on emerging concepts and new tools in plant biology, and studies on the following functional areas encompassing work from the molecular through whole plant to community scale. FPB does not publish merely phenomenological observations or findings of merely applied significance.

Focus areas:

  • Environmental physiology
  • Stress and adaptation
  • Plant cell biology
  • Plant growth and development
  • Photosynthesis and carbohydrate metabolism
  • Nutrient uptake, transport and metabolism
  • Effective resource utilisation (water; assimilates; nutrients)
  • Root – rhizosphere biology
  • Reproduction, seed and fruit biology
  • Defence and protection
  • Emerging science

Perspective articles and focused reviews on these topics are welcome.

There are no arbitrary restrictions on the length of papers, and there are no page charges. FPB welcomes papers from any part of the world and uses expert reviewers from a wide range of countries.


Functional Plant Biology is pleased to offer an annual award for the best paper published in the Journal in each calendar year by an early-career scientist.


Functional Plant Biology is published in affiliation with several scientific societies.  As an additional resource for related website access our Sites of Interest page.

Bibliographic Information

ISSN: 1445-4408
eISSN: 1445-4416
Frequency: 12 issues per year
Current Issue: Volume 42 (12)
Impact Factor: 3.145

Indexed/Abstracted in:

  • ABOA/Streamline
  • Agricola
  • Biological Abstracts
  • Biology and Environmental Sciences
  • CAB Abstracts
  • Chemical Abstracts
  • Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences
  • Current Contents/Life Sciences
  • Elsevier BIOBASE/Current Awareness in Biological Sciences
  • Scopus
  • Reference Update

  • This Journal was formerly known as Australian Journal of Plant Physiology

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