Special Issue "Advanced Genetic Technology Application towards the Improvement of Agricultural and Food Product Quality"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019).
Interests: genomics; transcriptomics; plant adaptation; wild crop relatives; output traits
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Global nutritional security requires that we do more than produce the required quantity of food, and demands that we also ensure that food products meet the needs of human consumers and delivers nutrition that supports healthy human populations. Consumers are increasingly discriminating, showing preferences for foods that are attractive to eat, convenient to prepare, have nutritional values contributing to health, sustainably produced with minimal environmental impact and are ethically produced. Advances in genetic technology are enabling new approaches to the improvement of agricultural and food products. Functional properties and nutritional value may be retained more effectively in plant breeding or enhanced in novel ways. Rapid advances in DNA sequencing technology have delivered high quality genome sequences for crop plants. This has contributed to significant advances in knowledge of the molecular basis of food and agricultural product quality. This new knowledge base supports breeding selection for quality using molecular tools and genetic manipulation of quality using advancing gene editing tools.
This Special Issue will feature reports of advances in understanding of quality traits, development of molecular tools for quality selection and manipulation and development of food products with novel quality traits. Importantly, efficient selection for quality may remove this constraint to genetic gain in crop yield.
Prof. Robert Henry
- nutritional value
- consumer traits
- food quality
- gene editing