Improvement and Genetic Analysis of Germplasm Resources in Major Crops—2nd Edition

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 July 2024 | Viewed by 169

Special Issue Editors

Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China
Interests: genetics, germplasm, maize breeding
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College of Agronomy, Northwest A&F University, Yangling 712100, China
Interests: germplasm improvement; molecular genetics; maize breeding
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Department of Crop Genetics and Breeding,China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China
Interests: rice grain yield; lodging resistance
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Department of Plant Genetics and Breeding, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
Interests: quantitative genetics, genomics, enviromics, maize breeding
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Germplasm resources of major crops have become increasingly important in terms of food security, not only being the core during crop breeding but also a key factor for crop genetics and biology, which can be used to dissect the genetic mechanism of important traits and feedback to germplasm improvement. However, the genetic background of commercial varieties is restricted; many newer varieties are developed from restricted elite inbred lines or their derived materials. Thus, it is necessary to expand genetic diversity in major crops.

Along with the development of technology, including next-generation sequencing and genomics, high-throughput phenotypes, and the modified analytical method, significant advancements have enabled us to understand the regulation mechanism of the important traits, such as agronomic traits, biotic and abiotic stress, seed quality and metabolism. Some effective molecular markers have been explored and applied with the aim of achieving germplasm improvement. The application of genome-wide selection technology has accelerated progress towards this goal as well as breeding.

Thus, Plants has organized a Special Issue on “Improvement and Genetic Analysis of Germplasm Resources in Major Crops” to provide an excellent platform for advancements in germplasm improvement and genetics of important traits in the breeding process.

Dr. Kun Li
Dr. Shutu Xu
Dr. Zhanying Zhang
Prof. Dr. Tingting Guo
Guest Editors

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  • germplasm improvement
  • genetics mechanism
  • genome-wide selection
  • major crops

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