Special Issue "Developmental Biology and Biotechnology of Plant Sexual Reproduction"


A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Charles Neal Stewart Jr.

Department of Plant Sciences, 2431 Joe Johnson Dr., Room 252 Ellington Plant Sciences, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-4561, USA
Website: http://plantsciences.utk.edu/stewart.htm
Fax: +1 865 946 1989
Interests: biosensors; biotechnology; bioenergy; environmental stress; GFP; phytosensors; plants; promoters; remote sensing; whole organisms; synthetic biology transgenic plants; weedy plants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sexual plant reproduction plays a key role in many aspects in agriculture; most prominently by producing grains, which are staple foods throughout the world. In addition, floral development is key also to the evolution and diversification of angiosperms and gymnosperms. Therefore, understanding the regulators of floral development unlocks important limiters in agriculture and also sheds light on how plants reproduce. Biotechnological improvements of crop plants can also benefit from understanding floral development and its control. There are certain circumstances in which the prevention or alteration of floral development, or some aspect of reproduction such as in pollen formation or viability, is desirable. One example is male sterility, or conditional male sterility, which could be an aid in plant breeding and transgene bioconfinement. We might envisage 21st century crop agriculture turning to plant synthetic biology approaches for conditional allocation to plant floral reproduction, wherein humans could drastically alter the reproductive programming of crops.

In this special issue, research and review papers on the developmental biology of spatial and temporal molecular control of flowers and their subcomponents are formed. Also of interest in this issue is the control of aspects of sexual reproduction using biotechnology and synthetic biology innovations that could be used in bioconfinement of transgenes. This latter aspect could take many forms; ranging from delay of flowering to ablation of pollen to other innovations. Therefore, of interest also are short technical reports or method papers that describe new tools for flower developmental control.

Prof. Dr. Charles Neal Stewart, Jr.
Guest Editor


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  • bioconfinement
  • flower initiation
  • male sterility
  • ovules
  • pollen
  • synthetic biology

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p. 699-711
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Plants 2013, 2(4), 699-711; doi:10.3390/plants2040699
Received: 9 September 2013 / Revised: 9 September 2013 / Accepted: 16 October 2013 / Published: 1 November 2013
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Plants 2013, 2(3), 507-520; doi:10.3390/plants2030507
Received: 26 April 2013 / Revised: 2 July 2013 / Accepted: 24 July 2013 / Published: 9 August 2013
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Plants 2013, 2(3), 489-506; doi:10.3390/plants2030489
Received: 3 June 2013 / Revised: 28 June 2013 / Accepted: 3 July 2013 / Published: 11 July 2013
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Plants 2013, 2(3), 441-454; doi:10.3390/plants2030441
Received: 2 May 2013 / Revised: 15 June 2013 / Accepted: 26 June 2013 / Published: 5 July 2013
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Plants 2013, 2(3), 379-395; doi:10.3390/plants2030379
Received: 19 April 2013 / Revised: 2 June 2013 / Accepted: 18 June 2013 / Published: 25 June 2013
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Plants 2013, 2(3), 416-428; doi:10.3390/plants2030416
Received: 22 April 2013 / Revised: 22 May 2013 / Accepted: 18 June 2013 / Published: 25 June 2013
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Plants 2013, 2(2), 343-353; doi:10.3390/plants2020343
Received: 14 April 2013 / Revised: 12 May 2013 / Accepted: 23 May 2013 / Published: 31 May 2013
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