Special Issue "Plant Breeding in the Post-genomic Era: The Future of Innovation"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 139

Special Issue Editors

CREA, Research Centre for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Via Salaria 1, 63030 Monsampolo del Tronto, AP, Italy
Interests: molecular biology; in vitro culture; gene expression; genetic transformation; novel breeding techniques (cisgenesis and gene editing); genetic resources; plant biotic stress resistance; horticultural plant breeding
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Research Center for Olive Fruit and Citrus Crops, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, 95024 Acireale, Italy
Interests: citrus genetic, genomic, transcriptomic, and advanced breeding technology; addressed to the improvement of fruit quality; to the exploitation of resistance to biotic stresses and to the valorization of true-to-typeness of clonal fingerprinting
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, plant breeding is mainly focused on increasing the production of climate-resilient, healthier food to answer to the demands of a growing world population. The improvement of traits controlled by crucial genes was speed up by the availability of genomes and transcriptomes produced through high-throughput sequencing technologies. The freely available data together with the development of advanced populations allowed the identification of novel genes, metabolic pathways decoding the understanding of gene regulation and function, enabling the extensive study of the genetic diversity within crop species and among their relatives. The post-genomic era builds/represents the basis of new innovative approaches to study how plants can be adapted to specific environments or to cope with various stress conditions. In this scenario, genomic-assisted breeding, genome selection, RNA studies, high-tech phenomics, fast breeding, and new genomic techniques could contribute to us deeply understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying trait architectures to facilitate the precise breeding and pyramiding of important traits. The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight innovations in plant breeding with the scope to develop new varieties resistant to abiotic and biotic stresses, with higher yields and quality, with improved use efficiency of resources and adapted to low-input agronomic techniques.

Original research articles, reviews, editorials, notes, and methods focused on innovative approaches for plant breeding in the post-genomic era on vegetable and tree fruit crops are welcome:

  • Genomic-assisted breeding using advanced population;
  • Trait expression processes (RNA focus);
  • Epigenomics;
  • Genome editing and cisgenesis;
  • Speed breeding to develop varieties in a short period of time;
  • Digital agriculture for breeding.

Dr. Sara Sestili
Dr. Concetta Licciardello
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • genetics
  • genomics
  • transcriptomics
  • important traits
  • breeding
  • sustainability

Published Papers

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