Special Issue "Genotypic and Environmental Interactions for the Improvement of Crops"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Crop Breeding and Genetics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Pasquale Tripodi

Research Centre for Vegetable and Ornamental crops, Council for Agricultural Research and Agricultural Economy Analysis (CREA), Via Cavalleggeri 25, I-84098 Salerno, Italy
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Interests: plant breeding and genetics; plant genomics; quantitative genetics; plant phenomics; vegetable quality; solanaceae; leafy vegetables

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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. Expression of the phenotype and the differential sensitivity of cultivars across multisites is a function of the genotypic (G) and environmental (E) components, and of their interaction (G × E). The dissection of these components and the estimation of phenotypic plasticity as the capacity of a genotype to express different phenotypes according to different environmental conditions determine the main factors of variability to be considered in crop performance prediction and selection. Moreover, the investigation of the genetic variants underlying many complex traits would benefit from the understanding of the effects of environmental changes. To this end, association mapping and genomic selection models require the application of models estimating the G × E interactions within target populations.

In this Special Issue, we would like to consider original research, opinions, and review articles focusing on:

- 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. Pasquale Tripodi
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Genotype by environment interaction
  • Field trials
  • Multisites
  • Phenotyping
  • Agronomic and qualitative traits
  • Biotic and abiotic stress
  • Statistical models
  • Prediction models
  • Association mapping studies
  • Genomic selection

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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