Decoding Plant Genomes: Insights and Innovations

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 85

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Genome Informatics Facility, Office of Biotechnology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50010, USA
Interests: plant phosphate nutrition; gene editing; plant genome; signalling; transcription factor

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Guest Editor
Genome Informatics Facility, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50010, USA
Interests: plant genome; nematode; parasite

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The primary aim of "Decoding Plant Genomes: Insights and Innovations" is to explore cutting-edge advancements in plant genomics and emphasize the roles these genetic insights play in understanding and enhancing plant resilience, development, and productivity. This collection aims to bridge the gap between genomic data and practical applications in agriculture and environmental sustainability, offering a comprehensive perspective on how genetic knowledge can drive innovation in crop improvement and stress adaptation.

The scope of this collection encompasses several key areas:

  1. Abiotic and Biotic Stress Responses: Investigating the genetic basis of plant responses to various environmental stresses such as drought, salinity, temperature extremes, pathogens, and pests. This includes studies on stress-induced genetic modifications, expression patterns, and the role of epigenetic mechanisms in stress adaptation.
  2. Plant Development and Growth: Delving into the genetic control of plant developmental processes, including germination, flowering, fruiting, and senescence. Contributions in this area might explore the regulatory networks and genetic pathways that govern these processes.
  3. Crop Improvement Strategies: Highlighting the applications of genomic insights in breeding programs aimed at enhancing yield, quality, and environmental resilience. This includes traditional breeding methods informed by genomic data, as well as advanced techniques like CRISPR/Cas9, genomic selection, and other biotechnological approaches.
  4. Genotype–Phenotype Plasticity: Understanding how genetic variation influences plant phenotypes under varying environmental conditions. This area focuses on the study of genetic diversity, adaptability, and the dynamic interactions between genotype and environment.
  5. Case Studies and Applications: Real-world examples of how genomic analysis has led to significant improvements or discoveries in specific plant species, including major crops, ornamentals, and wild species.
  6. Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Encouraging submissions that integrate knowledge from other disciplines, such as ecology, agronomy, climate science, and soil science, to provide a holistic view of plant genomics in the context of broader environmental and agricultural challenges.

This collection aims to serve as a comprehensive resource for researchers, agronomists, breeders, and policymakers. It seeks to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation, ultimately contributing to sustainable agricultural practices, enhanced food security, and a deeper understanding of plant biology in the genomic era.

Dr. Viswanathan Satheesh
Dr. Rick E. Masonbrink
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • genetic control
  • plant genome
  • stress responses
  • epigenetics
  • crop improvement
  • genetic variation
  • interactions between genotype and environment

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