Special Issue "Genotype× Environment Interactions in Crop Breeding"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 9 April 2021.
Interests: biochemistry; genetics and molecular biology; agricultural and biological sciences
Interests: plant population genetics; plant evolution and domestication; in situ and ex situ conservation of plant germplasm; molecular characterization; molecular markers; molecular evolution; plant breeding
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Interests: plant breeding and genetics; plant genomics; quantitative genetics; plant phenomics; vegetable quality; solanaceae; leafy vegetables
The main challenges for crop improvement linked to demographic trends of next decades and climate changes require a more efficient use of plant genetic resources in breeding programs aimed at developing more stable varieties. The history of agriculture and, therefore, that of plant breeding, is the history of continuous adaptation to the environment. Genotype x environment interactions (GEI), leading to inconsistency of best-yielding material across cropping environments, challenges plant breeders and complicates cultivar recommendation. Breeders have to test their material in multi-environments, choosing carefully the ones on which their varieties will be cultivated. The GEI occurs when, in a manner analogous to any other factorial experiment, the differences between genotypes depend on the environment in which they are tested. The presence of GEI represents an important challenge for the breeder as, on the one hand, it reduces the genetic advance of the programs by reducing the genotype-phenotype correspondence, although it also allows the identification of ecological niches for which certain genotypes can present specific adaptation. However, it may also offer opportunities, e.g., raising yields through material specifically adapted to a given area or crop management practice, or limiting yield reduction in unfavourable years through the cultivation of stable-yielding material.
For this Special Issue, we welcome original research articles focusing on:
- GEI that targets any agronomic trait of interest in crops with the aim of reaching a more sustainable agriculture;
- Evaluation of agronomic and qualitative performances of crops across multisites;
- Biotic and abiotic stress response in plants in changing environments;
- Statistical approaches for the analysis of the G × E interaction;
- G × E in association mapping studies and genomic selection.
Dr. Catalina Egea-Gilabert
Dr. Mario A. Pagnotta
Dr. Pasquale Tripodi
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- genotype by environment interaction
- breeding programme
- product quality
- cropping systems
- climate change mitigation
- high yield potential
- biotic and abiotic stress
- traits stability
- local varieties
- phenotypic plasticity
- statistical models
- prediction models
- association mapping studies
- genomic selection