Special Issue "Forest Tree Genetics and Breeding in Response to Different Threats"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 271

Special Issue Editors

State Key Laboratory of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040, China
Interests: trees breeding; genetic engineering; abiotic stress; biotic stress; resistant mechanism
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College of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Northeast Agriculture University, Harbin 150030, China
Interests: genetic engineering; molecular mechanism; genetic regulation network
School of Pharmacy, Harbin University of Commerce, No.138 Tongdajie Street, Harbin 150028, China
Interests: trees cell engineering; genetic transformation; stress-resistant

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Different threats such as drought, low temperature, heat, heavy metal, salt damage, pests and diseases are important factors restricting the growth of forest trees. Trees have a long growth cycle, and their resilience mechanisms are extremely complex; therefore, improving the resistance of trees to stress has always been a difficult problem for breeders. However, people can modify trees’ resistance traits at the genetic level by using genetic engineering technology. This has given rise to a new era in the century of in-depth developments in tree breeding by molecular design. Finding some key regulatory genes of tree resistance to effectively improve the stress traits of trees would directly contribute to genetic improvement for stronger stress resistance and ultimately benefit tree breeding.

This Special Issue of Forests guides the genetics breeding of forest trees in response to different environmental stresses and explores the fields of genetics and molecular mechanisms of tree stress–resistance traits, seeking new breeding strategies that can improve trees’ resistance against environmental stress.

Dr. Jingli Yang
Dr. Haizhen Zhang
Dr. Shicheng Zhao
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • trees
  • genetics and breeding
  • heat stress
  • cold stress
  • salt stress
  • metal stress
  • abiotic and biotic stresses
  • environmental adaptation
  • gene regulation
  • genetic engineering

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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