Special Issue "In Memory of the 200th Anniversary of Gregor Mendel: Genetics and the Father of Genetics"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 October 2023 | Viewed by 411

Special Issue Editors

Department of Cultural Heritage Sciences, Tuscia University, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
Interests: plant biology; plant genetics; plant breeding; plant molecular biology; molecular markers; agricultural biotechnology; crop improvement; molecular plant breeding; molecular breeding; plant phenotyping
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Department of Agricultural and Forest Sciences, Tuscia University, Via S. C. de Lellis, snc, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
Interests: plant population genetics; plant evolution and domestication; in situ and ex situ conservation of plant germplasm; molecular characterization; molecular markers; molecular evolution; plant breeding
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Gregor Mendel is known as the father of genetics. Through experiments on pea plants grown in his monastery, he elucidated the transmission mechanisms of heredity, explaining how some characteristics of the parents are transmitted to the next generation, thus, laying down the foundations of genetics, a science that today has a central role in the sciences of life.

When he presented the results of his experiments in 1866, his ambition was perhaps lesser, as he tried to start from simple observations of similarities between parents and offspring to explaining which mechanisms could justify the fact that some of their traits were inherited from generation to generation. It took a long time to understand that the secret of the identity of living beings is written in molecules of DNA, and even more to understand how exactly these long strings of such a simple structure manage to determine what living organisms are.

In honour of the 200th anniversary of Gregor Mendel's birthday, we wish to organize this Special Issue, bringing together a selection of papers exemplifying how Mendel’s findings remain relevant to this day, and showcase some of the advances and remaining challenges in genetics and evolutionary research.

Contributions in the form of novel research, reviews, and opinion articles covering all aspects of crop genetics and evolution are welcome. We believe that this Special Issue will be helpful in the research of crop genetics and the improvement of crop breeding in the future.

Prof. Dr. Enrico Porceddu
Dr. Mario A. Pagnotta
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Agronomy 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.


  • plant genetics
  • plant breeding
  • plant molecular biology
  • molecular markers
  • agricultural biotechnology
  • crop genetics
  • crop breeding
  • crop improvement
  • molecular plant breeding
  • molecular breeding
  • plant gene ecology

Published Papers

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