Special Issue "New Crops for Arid Regions"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Farming Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Yehoshua (Shuki) Saranga
Guest Editor
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, R.H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences & Genetics in Agriculture, P.O. Box 12, Rehovot 76100, ISRAEL
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ongoing and projected climate change towards higher temperatures, greater aridity, and more frequent erratic climate events have become a major threat to agricultural sustainability. Concurrently, a significant increase in food production will be required to meet the demands of the expanding human population. Hence, the agricultural community is facing its ever-greatest challenge: increasing production under expanding aridity. Coping with this challenge requires improving productivity of major crops, alongside increasing crop diversity and developing new crops highly adapted to arid conditions. In this respect, both crops grown in new areas or for new uses, as well as newly domesticated plant species are considered new crops. The introduction of any new crop requires comprehensive studies of various aspects, including management, physiology, genetics, breeding, yield production, quality, and utilization.  In the context of this Special Issue, the characteristics of crop adaptation to arid conditions are also highly important.

In this Special Issue, we aim to exchange knowledge on any aspect related to new crops for arid regions, thus facilitating their introduction and improving crop production in these harsh environments.

Prof. Dr. Yehoshua (Shuki) Saranga
Guest Editor

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. Agronomy 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 1600 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.


  • New crops
  • Domestication
  • Agronomy
  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Yield
  • Quality
  • Drought
  • Heat
  • Salinity

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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