Special Issue "Molecular Approach to Fern Development"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2023) | Viewed by 4344
Interests: apomixis; biotechnology; gametophyte; micropropagation; Monilophytes; plant development; plant growth regulators; plant reproduction; proteomics; transcriptomics
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Most part of published information so far about ferns, foccuses on the existing biodiversity, referring to aspects such as their phylogenetics relationship, taxonomy, morphology, ecology or evolution. The arrival of new and innovative techniques applied to the study of ferns has permitted a more widespread use of sophisticated instrumentation opening up new horizons in the cellular and molecular biology approach to the study of ferns as a result. We are recently witnessing a continuous drip of works that accounts for the contribution these plants can have to decipher the cues operating behind plant development, and also to take benefit from their biotechnologial applications in different fields such as the ornamental industry, agronomy, environment, medicine, etc. The special issue on ferns should provide readers with freshly information on the most recent advances on their genome, development, the use in evo-devo research, and their multiple biotecnlogical applications
Extant ferns represent a valuable genetic legacy as they are among the oldest lineages of plant on Earth, being descendants of the first plants that evolved vascular tissue, around 410 million years ago. Yet, this plant group, now known as Monylophytes, have received scant attention, in relation to the angioperm group, which relegated them to the background, after a splendid past. Increasingly, researchers become more interested in these plants, and sometimes this is possible by the advent of high-throughput technologies, such as the “omics”, that allow us to advance in a greater knowledge of their elusive genome. Ferns had to coping with the new environmental conditions, which imposed variations in water availability and temperature, as well as increased exposure to radiation, thus demanding changes in body plant and modifications to cellular, physiological, and regulatory processes. Consequently, ferns represent a critical clade for comparative evolutionary studies in land plants. Moreover, ferns represent an unexploited genetic diversity that we could take advantage for improving plants by means genetic transfer technologies.
This ambitious issue is commited to offer readers newly research on genomics and proteomics, evolution and development, as well as possible biotechnological applications, in species belonging to the group of ferns.
Dr. Helena Fernández
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- asexual reproduction
- plant development
- plant biotechnology