Special Issue "Characterization, Evaluation, and Utilization of Crop Germplasm Resources"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 February 2024 | Viewed by 125

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Tao Chen
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Guest Editor
College of Life Science, Sichuan Agricultural University, Ya'an 625014, China
Interests: germplasm; phenotype; genetic diversity; molecular markers; population structure

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Crop germplasm resources, including wild relatives, landrace, traditional varieties, and farmer’s varieties, encompass a vast array of genetic variations that serve as the primary gene pool for enhancing crop diversity and genetic improvement. However, with the intensification of urbanization and the expansion of the scope of human activities, the habitats of almost all crop germplasm resources have been severely compromised, leading to the premature extinction of numerous invaluable genetic resources before their full recognition by humanity. Consequently, there is an urgent need to prioritize research on investigating, collecting, evaluating, developing and utilizing crop germplasm resources.

The primary objective of this Special Issue is to showcase innovative research and comprehensive review articles focusing on global crop genetic resources, encompassing fields such as agronomy, horticulture, Chinese herbal medicine, forage production, and economic forest crops. This Special Issue invites the submission of papers addressing a wide range of relevant topics, including, but not limited to, the characterization of crop germplasm diversity via the application of genomics, phenomics or molecular markers; the evaluation of genetic diversity using various genetic markers; comparative studies on different molecular marker systems for assessing the genetic structure of germplasm or populations; and the development and utilization of novel molecular markers in establishing reference sets or core sets in the germplasm.

Dr. Tao Chen
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • crop
  • germplasm
  • genetic diversity
  • genotyping
  • phenotyping
  • molecular markers
  • population structure

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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