Special Issue "From Lab to Field: Micropropagation and Conservation of Plant Genomic Resources"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Genotype Evaluation and Breeding".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 March 2024 | Viewed by 144

Special Issue Editors

Chemical Engineering Department, Ariel University, Ariel 40700, Israel
Interests: micropropagation; plant tissue culture; plant biotechnology; somatic embryogenesis; in vitro propagation; ornamental plants; medicinal plants; horticulture; greenhouse; plant anatomy; botany; plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria; biotic stress; abiotic stress; plant stress physiology; agriculture; vitis vinifera; grapevine; grapevine viruses; seed biology; vegetative propagation
Prof. Dr. John E. Preece
Guest Editor
National Clonal Germplasm Repository, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
Interests: plant propagation; plants; tissue culture; plant tissue culture; organogenesis; plant biology; plant physiology; plant breeding; micropropagation; cell culture; plant biotechnology; plant genetics; scientific research; ROOT; genetics; molecular biology; SAP

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce the upcoming Special Issue of the journal Agriculture titled “From Lab to Field: Micropropagation and Conservation of Plant Genomic Resources”. This Special Issue is dedicated to exploring the dynamic intersection of in vitro propagation techniques and preserving plant genomic diversity. In the face of evolving agricultural challenges and the critical need for biodiversity conservation, this Special Issue aims to present cutting-edge research, innovative methodologies, and insightful case studies that illuminate tissue culture techniques' transformative potential. The scope of the Special Issue is as follows. In recent years, advancements in micropropagation and tissue culture have opened up new avenues for enhancing crop productivity, preserving endangered plant species, and conserving valuable genetic resources. This Special Issue endeavors to assemble a comprehensive collection of contributions encompassing, but not limited to, the following themes:

In Vitro Propagation Techniques: Presenting novel methodologies, refined protocols, and technical innovations that drive the efficient micropropagation of agricultural, horticultural, and ornamental plants. Contributors are encouraged to delve into established and emerging techniques that optimize micropropagation rates while maintaining genetic stability.

Wild Crop Genomic Resource Conservation: Showcasing research focused on conserving plant genomic resources spanning cultivated and wild species. This includes investigations into gene banks, cryopreservation, and other strategies to safeguard the genetic diversity critical for future agricultural resilience and ecosystem sustainability. We welcome studies that emphasize the conservation of wild species to bolster domesticated crops' genetic foundation.

Forest Species Preservation: Highlighting the application of micropropagation techniques in the conservation of forest species, including endangered trees and plants crucial for maintaining biodiversity, restoring ecosystems, and mitigating climate change impacts.

Studies and Success Stories: Featuring real-world examples that illustrate the practical applications of micropropagation in both agricultural and conservation contexts. Contributions may discuss challenges overcome, lessons learned, and the broader implications of successful implementation.

We cordially invite researchers, academicians, and industrial persons working at the nexus of plant biology, agriculture, and conservation to submit their original research articles, reviews, and perspectives for this Special Issue. By sharing your insights and discoveries, you will contribute to the collective knowledge that drives sustainable agriculture and the preservation of our planet's plant genomic heritage.

Submission Guidelines: Manuscripts for this Special Issue can be submitted through the journal Agriculture's online submission system. Please refer to the journal's Author Guidelines for formatting and submission instructions.

We look forward to receiving your contributions and to collaboratively advancing the frontiers of plant science, agricultural innovation, and conservation efforts through this Special Issue.

Dr. Mafatlal M. Kher
Prof. Dr. John E. Preece
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agriculture is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • acclimatization
  • biodiversity conservation
  • cryopreservation
  • embryo rescue
  • forest species preservation
  • gene banks
  • horticulturally important plants
  • in vitro propagation techniques
  • micropropagation
  • plant genomic resources
  • plant tissue culture
  • somatic embryogenesis
  • wild crops

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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