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Special Issue "Strategies, Advances and Challenges of Breeding Perennial Grain Crops"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 January 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Timothy E. Crews

The Land Institute, Salina, KS, USA
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Phone: 785-823-5376
Interests: perennial agriculture; intercropping; nutrient cycling
Guest Editor
Dr. Douglas J. Cattani

Department of Plant Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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Phone: 204-474-6071
Interests: perennial grain breeding; companion crop development; polyculture design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The development of new perennial crop species is gaining momentum as a promising approach to change the fundamental nature of ecosystem processes in agriculture. Numerous papers have been published over the last decade, describing predicted improvements in soil carbon balance, nutrient retention, soil water uptake efficiency, soil microbiome functions and weed suppression, as annual crops that required soil disturbance and/or frequent exposure to maintain are replaced by perennial crops that require minimal soil disturbance or periods of exposure. Other papers have addressed questions of why humans originally domesticated annual grain crops, and what strategies make sense for domesticating new perennial grain crop species. Relatively few papers, however, have been published that provide current overviews of progress in breeding specific perennial crops. Every new crop species is unique in where it is situated in the breeding pipeline, the nature of genetic challenges it faces, the traits that require breeding attention, and the progress made in breeding improvements to date. This Special Issue of Sustainability will be dedicated to providing up-to-date reports on many works in progress; what lessons have been learned, and how strategies to breed perennial grain crops have been reinforced or modified based on experience to date.

Prof. Timothy E. Crews
Dr. Douglas J. Cattani
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Domestication
  • Disease
  • Genomic
  • Marker assisted
  • Selection
  • Soil microbiome
  • Wide hybridization
  • Yield stability

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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