Crop Genetic Mechanisms and Breeding Improvement

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 November 2024 | Viewed by 255

Special Issue Editors

Population Sciences in the Pacific Program, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
Interests: population genetics; genomics; bioinformatics; post-GWAS
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Shenzhen Branch, Guangdong Laboratory for Lingnan Modern Agriculture, Genome Analysis Laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture, Agricultural Genomics Institute at Shenzhen, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Shenzhen 518120, China
Interests: crop; genome; QTL-mapping; GWAS
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The exploration of crop genetics and breeding holds the potential to revolutionize agricultural practices by creating improved crop varieties that exhibit higher yields, better nutritional profiles, and enhanced tolerance to environmental challenges. As the history of agriculture progressed, selective breeding was introduced for the purpose of combining beneficial loci in germplasm. Identifying specific genetic determinants of stress adaptation and precisely introducing them into elite varieties is an effective new paradigm. The combination of contemporary genomics and genetic techniques, along with advancements in accurate phenotyping and breeding methods, is anticipated to enhance the understanding of the genes and metabolic pathways responsible for conferring abiotic stress resistance in crops.

This special issue gathers cutting-edge research on deciphering the intricate genetic pathways and mechanisms underlying crop traits, which are crucial for sustainable food production in the face of global challenges such as climate change and growing populations. Contributions to this issue shed light on the interplay between crop genomes, diverse omics technologies, and advanced breeding methodologies to develop crops that thrive in changing environmental conditions.

Dr. Hua Zhong
Dr. Weilong Kong
Guest Editors

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  • crop breeding
  • population genetics
  • genome
  • multi-omics
  • Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS)
  • Quantitative trait loci (QTL)-mapping
  • abiotic stress

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