Genomic Analysis of Growth and Stress Adaptation in Forest Trees

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Genetics and Molecular Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2025 | Viewed by 94

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College of Life Sciences, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China
Interests: molecular ecophysiology; stress biology; genomic diversity
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College of Biology and the Environment, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China
Interests: plant physiology; biochemistry; molecular biology; stress responses; functional genomics; gene regulation
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State Key Laboratory of Tree Genetics and Breeding, College of Life Sciences, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 210037, China
Interests: molecular physiology; metabolomics; variety and trait selection

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School of Life Sciences, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China
Interests: molecular biology; transcriptome; phytohormone regulation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In forests, physiological and molecular patterns of stress resilience and adaptation associated with favorable environmental and phytohormone cues are postulated to collectively affect survival and evolution. Tree growth and development, stress adaptation, defense priming, and immunity are mounted with recent innovations in techniques in the genome, genetics, and synergetic muti-omics network underlying fine-tuned regulatory mechanisms. An extensive perception and exploration of cellular and metabolic processes are expected to pave the way toward novel strategies based on the reorientation of tree growth and stress acclimation.

This Special Issue aims to stimulate fundamental research and collect the latest discoveries within genomic and genetic regulatory mechanisms in tree growth, tolerance, and defense immunity to various stress cues. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Novel findings of genome sequencing (e.g., plastomes and mitogenomes), strategies in genome editing, genetic transformation, and the innovation in forest tree performance;
  • Multi-omics studies to characterize candidate genes/families impacting tree growth, biomass, adapted environment;
  • Development of high-efficiency transformation and genome editing systems for tree species;
  • Applications of synthetic biology to generate valuable bioactive constituents in engineered plants.

All types of submissions, including original research, high-quality reviews, methodologies, perspectives, and opinion articles in this field, are welcome.

Dr. Tao Su
Prof. Dr. Liming Yang
Prof. Dr. Fansuo Zeng
Dr. Hongbin Wei
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  • genomics
  • functional analyses
  • tree growth
  • stress acclimation
  • multi-omics

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