Special Issue "Genetic Diversity and Breeding Strategies for Improving Yield in Common Bean"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Crop Breeding and Genetics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2023) | Viewed by 170

Special Issue Editors

Plant Development Genetics Group–DEVOLEG. Misión Biológica de Galicia-CSIC, P.O. Box 28, 36080 Pontevedra, Spain
Interests: legumes; common bean; adaptation; flowering; diversity; genetics
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Dr. Margarita Lema
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Guest Editor
Misión Biológica de Galicia-CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS, Carballeira 8, Salcedo, 36143 Pontevedra, Spain
Interests: genetic resources; resistance; plant breeding; biotic and abiotic stress
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Human population growth demands more productive agriculture, which in turn depends on crop plants adapted to high-yielding systems. Additionally, shifting human consumption from animal-based foods to a more plant-based diet will require more protein-rich crops. Therefore, in the short term, more legumes like common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) are the best option. Common bean is the most important food legume crop worldwide, and is a valuable source of high-quality protein, fiber, micronutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. The species also contains a large amount of genetic variation, and two main gene pools (Andean and Mesoamerican). One of the main objectives of the common bean breeding programs is to develop high-yielding cultivars with better quality. There is a need to assess the diversity of the species and use breeding tools for the development of productive cultivars to address global challenges that affect food security, sustainability, and adaptation to climate change. This Special Issue encourages common bean breeders to share their knowledge about the current state of crop productivity improvement and the use of new tools and its genetic diversity. This Special Issue will host both review articles and original research articles covering both traditional breeding approaches and the use of modern genomics-assisted breeding methods.

Dr. Ana María González
Dr. Margarita Lema
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • common bean
  • breeding
  • diversity
  • high-yielding
  • adaptation

Published Papers

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