Special Issue "Genetic Improvement of Cereals for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Supplies"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 22 December 2021.
Interests: plant genomics; evolutionary phylogenomics; grain legumes; soybean; plant breeding; cereals; genetic improvement
2. Vavilov All-Russian Institute of Plant Genetic Resources, Sankt-Petersburg, Russia
Interests: plant genetic resources; sustainability; crop improvement; toxicology; environmental protection
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Considering population growth forecasts, we urgently need a transformation in agriculture and food supplies. Research in cereals has played a role in food security and sustainable agriculture throughout human history. This has been made possible by increasing cereal yields by making them more resilient to biotic and abiotic stresses. However, the current trajectory of the yield enhancement is insufficient to ensure we will be able to feed the world’s population by 2050. Even now, more than 690 million people remain hungry. For the past two to three years, the number of undernourished people has been increasing. Recently, a consensus has emerged among cereal breeders that we need cereals with higher and sustainable production against the backdrop of climate change. A recent estimate has suggested that by 2050, we will need an overall 40% increase in cereal production. Such a big change in next 29 years is possible by the genetic improvement of major, minor, and neglected cereal crops. In particular, the recent developments in gene manipulation techniques and genomics are greatly assisting in understanding the pathways and genes that can significantly contribute towards yield improvement. Advancements in genomic technologies have expedited cereal breeding and yield enhancement by focusing on environment resilience and sustainability. This Special Issue will focus on such efforts by the global cereal community.
Dr. Muhammad Amjad Nawaz
Prof. Dr. Kirill S. Golokhvast
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- Cereal crops
- Genetic improvement
- Cereal genomics
- Sustainable crop production
- Yield improvement
- Climate change
- Abiotic stress
- Biotic stress
- Environment resilience