Special Issue "The Regulation Mechanism of the Formation of Important Characteristics in Woody Plants"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Genetics and Molecular Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 137

Special Issue Editors

College of Horticulture and Gardening, Yangtze University, Jingzhou 434025, China
Interests: plant molecular biology; transcription factors
School of Modern Industry for Selenium Science and Engineering, National R&D Center for Se-Rich Agricultural Products Processing Technology, Wuhan Polytechnic University, Wuhan 430023, China
Interests: photosynthesis; ecophysiology; plant physiology; plant biology; plant ecology; tree physiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Woody plants are crucial resources for human life and economic development. Their important characteristics, such as flowering phenology, fruit type, wood density, oil content, and secondary metabolites, directly affect their production and utilization. The formation of the important traits of woody plants is influenced by various factors, including genes, environment, and gene–environment interaction. Although the molecular mechanism of the formation of many important traits is still unclear, some scholars have studied the phenotypic observation, genetic analysis, gene expression, and functional identification of different tree species, revealing the role of related genes or gene families in their formation. Some systems or platforms suitable for genetic transformation or the editing of forest trees have been established, which provide tools to further verify the functions of related genes in the formation of important characteristics. However, research on the genetic improvement and regulation of woody plants’ important characteristics is limited compared to other model plants. Therefore, this Special Issue aims to provide an overview of the research and identification of important characteristics of woody plants, as well as the physiological and molecular mechanisms regulating these traits. Specifically, this issue seeks research contributions on the formation of the unique characteristics of different woody plant organs, including leaves, flowers, and fruits, as well as on the formation of traits such as wood density, oil content, secondary metabolites, and other substance enrichment.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The physiological regulation mechanism of the formation of important characteristics in woody plants;
  • Mining genes related to the formation of important traits in trees;
  • Study on the function of genes related to the formation of important characteristics in woody plants;
  • Regulatory network for the formation of the important characteristics of woody plants;
  • Prospect of research on the formation of the important characteristics of woody plants.

Dr. Weiwei Zhang
Dr. Xiaomeng Liu
Guest Editors

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  • woody plant
  • important characteristics
  • regulation mechanism
  • special metabolism
  • morphological development

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