Plant Evolution under Domestication: Genetic and Genomic Implications

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 227

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Department of Biotechnology and Biosciences, University of Milano-Bicocca, 20126 Milan, Italy
Interests: molecular phylogeny; phylogeography and domestication of plants (in particular on grapes)
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Dear Colleagues,

Domestication is a good model for the study of evolutionary processes because of the recent evolution of crop species, the key role of selection in their origins, and the good archaeological and historical data on their spread and diversification. In the past 20 years, the genetic structure of crop domestication and the selection characteristics of domesticated species have been the foci of plant molecular genetics research. Today, genomic techniques are widely applied to crop domestication studies, which has significantly accelerated our understanding of genetic diversity and molecular evolution. In addition, genomic analyses allow us to obtain important information about the time frames and geographic places of domestication, the involvement of putative secondary domestication events, and past and present selection pressures.
This Topic aims at promoting discussions on the issues of plant domestication research, including the following issues:

  • The time frames and geographic places of plant domestication;
  • The genetic or genomic basis for domestication;
  • De novo crop domestication through genome editing;
  • Identification of past and present selection pressures.

Dr. Fabrizio Grassi
Guest Editor

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  • crop domestication
  • plant domestication
  • genome editing
  • plant phylogeography
  • plant genetics

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