Special Issue "Bioinformatics Applied to Genetic Improvement of Crop Species"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Crop Breeding and Genetics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Nunzio D'Agostino

University of Naples Federico II, Department of Agricultural Sciences - Division of plant genetics and biotechnology. via Università 100, 80055 Portici, Napoli, Italy
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Interests: His main research interest is bioinformatics applied to genetic improvement of plant species. In particular, his research activity is focused on the analysis of NGS data and on the development of strategies, methods, and tools for the management of "omics" data.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is well known to you all that the huge amount of “omics” data points available is demanding and challenging in its analysis, management, and accessibility. Bioinformatics plays a key role in data mining and knowledge discovery and has the potential, together with the most recent and breakthrough technologies, to accelerate crop improvement in a scenario of increasing climate changes.

Major advances in sequencing technologies and bioinformatics have allowed a huge leap forward in the ability to explore the “sequence space” in order to identify useful/superior alleles and haplotypes to be used in breeding programs as well as in the discovery of significant associations between genetic markers and important agronomic traits.

In this Special Issue, we would like to consider submissions of high-quality original research or review (Mini Review) articles on topics that remark on the crucial role of bioinformatics in the analysis and interpretation of data and in the application of the acquired knowledge to develop novel cultivars and expedite the rate of genetic gains. Submissions should be in line with the journal's scope.

Dr. Nunzio D'Agostino
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • bioinformatics
  • “omics” data
  • data mining
  • next generation sequencing
  • RNA-sequencing
  • gene expression profiling
  • genetic diversity
  • single nucleotide polymorphisms
  • genome-wide association studies
  • genomic selections

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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