Genome-Wide Association Study and Genomic Prediction in Vegetable Crops

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 April 2022) | Viewed by 522

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Department of Horticulture, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
Interests: QTL mapping; GAWS; GP; molecular breeding; vegetable breeding

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Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27608, USA
Interests: breeding for fruit quality; differential gene expression analysis; genomic selection; GWAS; molecular breeding; plant breeding; QTL mapping; resistance breeding; stress tolerance
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Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension, 11708 Hwy 70 S, Vernon, TX 76384, USA
Interests: QTL analysis; GWAS; molecular breeding; organic and specialty crop breeding

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Department of Horticulture, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
Interests: QTL analysis; GWAS; molecular breeding; horticultural crop breeding

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plant molecular breeding has been the foundation for crop improvement into the 21st century and has become part of breeding programs to expedite advances and genetic gains in many crops. Marker-assisted selection (MAS) has been successfully used in the selection of specific major genes/alleles in plant breeding. Recently, predictive breeding via genomic selection (GS) has become an essential tool in crop improvement. GS refers to selecting individuals’ performance within a population based on genomic estimated breeding values (GEBV). The decreasing cost of DNA sequencing renders GS affordable and powerful by providing high-density markers across the genome. GS has been shown to be more efficient over traditional MAS when dealing with small-effect quantitative trait loci (QTL). So far, genomic prediction (GP) as a GS parameter has been investigated in dozens of crops for various agronomic traits and abiotic and biotic stress traits. Genomic breeding value estimation in GP is the key step in GS. With the decreased genotyping cost and improved statistical methods, genome-wide association study (GWAS) and GS offer new approaches for the genetic improvement of complex traits in crop species. GWAS, based on a population of unrelated lines and high-density markers, has been used to identify candidate genes for a broad range of complex traits in different crops.

This Special Issue aims to collect research papers and reviews focusing on “Genome-Wide Association Study in Vegetable Crops”. Therefore, research articles, reviews, short notes, and opinion articles related to association mapping, genome-wide association study, genomic prediction, and genomic selection in vegetable crops are welcome to this Special Issue.

Dr. Ainong Shi
Dr. Dilip R. Panthee
Dr. Waltram Ravelombola
Dr. Gehendra Bhattarai
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  • genome-wide association study
  • genomic prediction
  • genomic selection
  • marker-assisted selection

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