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Special Issue "Forest Genetics and Tree Improvement"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2020.
Genetics has been recognized as an important component of forestry for over a century, starting with an understanding of the importance of geographic seed sources. Tree breeding has taken place for over 70 years, and substantial improvements have been made in growth, disease resistance, and form traits. Beginning in the late 1960s, isozymes were used as the first molecular markers to assist with tree breeding efforts. By the 1980s, forest geneticists dreamed of using marker-assisted selection in trees. Since then, considerable progress has been made in the discovery of polymorphisms and the development of methods to analyze them. We now have millions of molecular markers available for some species and analytical methods to use them to identify groups of markers that will accelerate tree breeding. Research on genetically modified trees was initiated in the 1980s. Forest trees genetically modified for a variety of characteristics, including altered wood properties, accelerated growth, disease resistance, and frost tolerance, have been produced. In this Special Issue, we are particularly enthusiastic about the integration of molecular genetics and genomics into tree improvement, including the development of markers, association genetics, genomic selection, and genetically modified trees. However, all facets of forest genetics, including tree improvement, genomics, and molecular, population, and quantitative genetics will be considered for inclusion.
Dr. Carol A. Loopstra
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Tree Improvement
- Forest Genetics
- Gene Expression
- Molecular Markers
- Marker-Assisted Selection
- Genetically Modified Trees