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Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences, University of Bari ‘Aldo Moro’, Via Amendola 165/A, 70126 Bari, Italy
Postharvest Research Laboratory, Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park, P.O. Box 524, Johannesburg 2006, South Africa

The Future of Farming in a Changing World: From Physiology to Technology

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1 December 2024
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Dear Colleagues,

This Topic explores the multifaceted effects of climate change, precision agriculture technologies, and agrivoltaics on crops’ physiology, growth, yield, quality, and subsequent food processing. These factors significantly influence the agricultural economies of many nations, leading to challenges (such as water scarcity) and opportunities (like the advent of innovative technologies). Climate change manifests in diverse forms: elevated temperatures, droughts, heat waves, intense rainfall, and the emergence of new diseases, which each present unique challenges in crop production. Conversely, precision agriculture technologies offer hope, enabling resource conservation, enhanced crop management, and the efficient utilization of traditional and underutilized crop varieties. This Topic will explore these issues to provide insights and solutions that will shape future crop production strategies.

Dr. Giuseppe Ferrara
Prof. Dr. Olaniyi Amos Fawole
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Keywords

  • climate change
  • precision agriculture
  • processing
  • energy
  • resources

Participating Journals

Journal Name Impact Factor CiteScore Launched Year First Decision (median) APC
Agriculture
agriculture
3.6 3.6 2011 17.7 Days CHF 2600 Submit
Agronomy
agronomy
3.7 5.2 2011 15.8 Days CHF 2600 Submit
Crops
crops
- - 2021 30.5 Days CHF 1000 Submit
Foods
foods
5.2 5.8 2012 13.1 Days CHF 2900 Submit
Plants
plants
4.5 5.4 2012 15.3 Days CHF 2700 Submit

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15-cis-Phytoene Desaturase and 15-cis-Phytoene Synthase Can Catalyze the Synthesis of β-Carotene and Influence the Color of Apricot Pulp
by Ningning Gou, Xuchun Zhu, Mingyu Yin, Han Zhao, Haikun Bai, Nan Jiang, Wanyu Xu, Chu Wang, Yujing Zhang and Tana Wuyun
Foods 2024, 13(2), 300; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods13020300 - 17 Jan 2024
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Fruit color affects its commercial value. β-carotene is the pigment that provides color for many fruits and vegetables. However, the molecular mechanism of β-carotene metabolism during apricot ripening is largely unknown. Here, we investigated whether β-carotene content affects apricot fruit color. First, the [...] Read more.
Fruit color affects its commercial value. β-carotene is the pigment that provides color for many fruits and vegetables. However, the molecular mechanism of β-carotene metabolism during apricot ripening is largely unknown. Here, we investigated whether β-carotene content affects apricot fruit color. First, the differences in β-carotene content between orange apricot ‘JTY’ and white apricot ‘X15’ during nine developmental stages (S1–S9) were compared. β-carotene contents highly significantly differed between ‘JTY’ and ‘X15’ from S5 (color transition stage) onwards. Whole-transcriptome analysis showed that the β-carotene synthesis genes 15-cis-phytoene desaturase (PaPDS) and 15-cis-phytoene synthase (PaPSY) significantly differed between the two cultivars during the color transition stage. There was a 5 bp deletion in exon 11 of PaPDS in ‘X15’, which led to early termination of amino acid translation. Gene overexpression and virus-induced silencing analysis showed that truncated PaPDS disrupted the β-carotene biosynthesis pathway in apricot pulp, resulting in decreased β-carotene content and a white phenotype. Furthermore, virus-induced silencing analysis showed that PaPSY was also a key gene in β-carotene biosynthesis. These findings provide new insights into the molecular regulation of apricot carotenoids and provide a theoretical reference for breeding new cultivars of apricot. Full article
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