Special Issue "Exploration of Epigenome and Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Crop Plants"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 October 2023) | Viewed by 146

Special Issue Editors

Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 3AT, UK
Interests: epigenomics; abiotic stress; alternative splicing; gene regulation; epiRILs.
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Dr. Prabhakar Srivastava
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Guest Editor
School of Chemistry, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 3AT, UK
Interests: gene regulation; chip-sequencing; expression analysis; stress responses; epigenomics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The variations in the climate have led to the escalation of several abiotic stresses, including drought, flood, heat, cold, freeze, osmotic, and other stresses, causing deleterious effects on crop production. These abiotic stresses induce epigenetic changes such as DNA methylation, post-translation histone modifications (chemical), or chromatin architecture (physical), altering the epigenome and expression of many genes. Because of their inheritable nature, epigenetic changes occur due to abiotic stresses, emerging as a novel tool in developing stress-resilient crops. Epigenetic markers and epigenetic quantitative loci (epi-QTLs) can be utilized in developing epigenetic alleles (epialleles), epigenetic recombinant inbred lines (epi-RILs), and epigenetic hybrids (epi-hybrids) for enhanced abiotic stress tolerance. Moreover, the advances in sequencing technologies enable the prediction of epigenetic changes at the whole genome level. However, despite technological advances and an understanding of the epigenome, epigenetic engineering is still challenging owing to plants’ high genome complexity. Nevertheless, efforts have been made in the past and will continue in the future to complete the roadmap of the epigenome in crops and help in developing climate-resilient crop varieties. Therefore, this Special Issue provides a platform for the research community to share knowledge on epigenetics and epigenomics in abiotic stress management in various crop plants.

Dr. Saurabh Chaudhary
Dr. Prabhakar Srivastava
Guest Editors

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  • epigenome
  • epigenetics
  • abiotic stress
  • DNA methylation
  • histone modifications
  • epiallele
  • epiRILs

Published Papers

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