Exploring Cereal Biodiversity for Climate Change Mitigation in Agricultural Production

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Ecosystem, Environment and Climate Change in Agriculture".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 June 2024 | Viewed by 591

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Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute—National Research Institute, Radzików, 05-870 Błonie, Poland
Interests: cereal; biodiversity; climate change; plant genetic resources; crop protection; ecology; sustainable agriculture; gene bank; genetics; plant breeding
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Dear Colleagues,

Agriculture is an economic activity which relies heavily on the climate in order to produce the food and bioindustrial materials necessary to sustain human life. Climate change is a major concern, not only for farmers but also for whole communities in many countries worldwide. Plant genetic resources (PGR) are amongst the most important resources for sustainable and climate-smart agriculture. However, a decrease in the level of biological diversity and degradation of plant genetic resources has been observed. This indicates that the conservation of PGR and their characterisation for plant breeding purposes is urgently needed.

Global food security and a sustainable agriculture system can be ensured by improving cereal production through agronomic management, the proper use of PGR in breeding of climate-adapted cereal cultivars and increasing cereal genetic biodiversity in sustainable agricultural landscape. The genetic diversity of cereal varieties will allow adaptation to changing climatic conditions in agricultural ecosystems and overcome threats to food security caused by biotic (pests, diseases) and abiotic factors.

This Special Issue focuses on the role cereal biodiversity in climate change mitigation in agricultural production. For this reason, we welcome highly interdisciplinary, high-quality studies from disparate research fields including agriculture, crop protection, ecology, landscaping, environmentalism, PGR conservation and characterisation, genetics and plant breeding. Original research articles, communications and reviews (including mini-reviews) are accepted.

Prof. Dr. Jerzy Henryk Czembor
Guest Editor

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  • cereal
  • biodiversity
  • climate change
  • plant genetic resources
  • crop protection
  • ecology
  • sustainable agriculture
  • gene bank
  • genetics
  • plant breeding

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