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Special Issue "Recent Advances in Phenomics, Genomics and Gene Editing Applied in Plant Breeding and Resistance"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Plant Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 565

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Department of Plant Resouces and Environment, Jeju National University, Jeju 63243, Republic of Korea
Interests: phenomics; precision agriculture; plant breeding; smart farm; germplasm enhancement
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a Special Issue in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences focusing on cutting-edge research and advancements in the field of plant breeding and resistance, specifically highlighting the revolutionary methodologies of phenomics, genomics, and gene editing.

This Special Issue aims to provide a comprehensive platform for researchers, scientists, and experts from around the world to share their groundbreaking research, innovative methodologies, and insightful findings. The Special Issue will encompass a wide range of topics related to phenomics, genomics, and gene editing as applied in plant breeding and resistance.

The scope of this Special Issue includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  1. Phenomic approaches for high-throughput plant phenotyping;
  2. Genomic tools and technologies for plant genome analysis and characterization;
  3. Gene editing techniques (CRISPR/Cas9, TALENs, etc.) and their applications in plant improvement and disease resistance;
  4. Molecular mechanisms underlying plant resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses;
  5. Genetic variation and diversity studies in crop species for improved resilience;
  6. Integrative omics approaches in elucidating plant-pathogen interactions;
  7. Computational modeling and artificial intelligence in phenomics and genomics research.

Dr. Yong Suk Chung
Guest Editor

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  • plant phenomics
  • high-throughput phenotyping
  • plant cells
  • plant genomics
  • plant genetics
  • gene editing
  • crop breeding
  • CRISPR/Cas9
  • abiotic stress
  • plant resistance
  • saline and alkali resistance
  • drought tolerance
  • genomics
  • resistance

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Resistant and Susceptible Pinus thunbergii ParL. Show Highly Divergent Patterns of Differentially Expressed Genes during the Process of Infection by Bursaphelenchus xylophilus
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2023, 24(18), 14376; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms241814376 - 21 Sep 2023
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Pine wilt disease (PWD) is a devastating disease that threatens pine forests worldwide, and breeding resistant pines is an important management strategy used to reduce its impact. A batch of resistant seeds of P. thunbergii was introduced from Japan. Based on the resistant [...] Read more.
Pine wilt disease (PWD) is a devastating disease that threatens pine forests worldwide, and breeding resistant pines is an important management strategy used to reduce its impact. A batch of resistant seeds of P. thunbergii was introduced from Japan. Based on the resistant materials, we obtained somatic plants through somatic embryogenesis. In this study, we performed transcriptome analysis to further understand the defense response of resistant somatic plants of P. thunbergii to PWD. The results showed that, after pine wood nematode (PWN) infection, resistant P. thunbergii stimulated more differential expression genes (DEGs) and involved more regulatory pathways than did susceptible P. thunbergii. For the first time, the alpha-linolenic acid metabolism and linoleic acid metabolism were intensively observed in pines resisting PWN infection. The related genes disease resistance protein RPS2 (SUMM2) and pathogenesis-related genes (PR1), as well as reactive oxygen species (ROS)-related genes were significantly up-expressed in order to contribute to protection against PWN inoculation in P. thunbergii. In addition, the diterpenoid biosynthesis pathway was significantly enriched only in resistant P. thunbergii. These findings provided valuable genetic information for future breeding of resistant conifers, and could contribute to the development of new diagnostic tools for early screening of resistant pine seedlings based on specific PWN-tolerance-related markers. Full article
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