Special Issue "Biological Technology Platforms Accelerating Crop Improvement"
A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2017)
Modern agriculture has been hugely impacted by a number of technological innovations. Examples include the invention of industrial scale nitrogen fertilizer production 100 years ago, and hybrid corn breeding in the 1930s which increased crop production an order of magnitude. Numerous developing technologies may lead to similar impacts.
Biotechnologies, including gene alteration and direct introduction of genes of interest to the host crop’s genome, have been developed in the last three decades. Compared to conventional breeding methods, biotechnology provides the opportunity to fix a gene in a new crop variety more quickly. However, because of legislative hurdles and public concern, genetically modified varieties in production are limited to only a few crop species, and can be grown in only specific countries. This technology is also a powerful research tool for defining gene function, and genome editing technologies, such as CRISPR/Cas9, may become the next breakthrough in this field.
More recently, sensor- and image-based phenotyping technologies have been developing rapidly. These high-tech tools have become core components of pipelines for efficient crop improvement programs, and more applications are anticipated. The tools rely heavily on big data handling software and computational capabilities and will need to be developed together with phenotyping platforms to make the technologies available for crop producers. The use of big data tools like machine learning allow scientists to take advantage of advanced data storage and analysis capabilities to test complex hypotheses about the functioning of plants and agricultural systems.
This special issue will focus on advanced technologies in crop production. The featured areas include biotechnology, phenotyping, big data management, and bioinformatics. We also welcome contributions based around newer technologies, which may have an impact on agriculture in the future. We welcome scientific reviews, research papers, and opinions on policies.
Dr. Mamoru Okamoto
Dr. Darren Plett
Dr. Trevor Garnett
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- Plant biotechnology
- Genome editing
- Crop phenotyping
- Crop improvement
- Big data