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Special Issue "Genetic and Phenotypic Variation in Tree Crops Biodiversity"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 14 February 2020.
Dr. Gaetano Distefano Website E-Mail
Dipartimento di Agricoltura, Università degli Studi di Catania, Alimentazione e Ambiente (Di3A), Sez. Arboricoltura e Genetica agraria, Via Valdisavoia 5 - 95123 Catania, Italy
Interests: tree crop biotechnology; tree crop genomics; transgenics; biodiversity evaluation and analysis; fruit tree crops breeding; reproductive biology on fruit crops
Genetic and Phenotypic Variation in Tree Crop Biodiversity
The last few years have seen a dramatic increase in the use of DNA-derived data and innovative phenotyping to obtain insights into the causative genes underlying traits of agronomical interest, or to characterize the tree genetic resources. The latter, in particular, could represent an important source of genetic diversity that can be readily used to enhance the adaptability to limiting environmental factors and resistance to biotic stresses, or to promote novel genotypes with improved agronomic traits. Studies may focus on different aspects—such as species relationship and evolution, the extent and distribution of diversity in crop and forestry species, accession identity and detection of novel variants—providing valuable information for germplasm management and the prevention of genetic erosion. In particular, the use of molecular markers could have direct positive implications for the genetic characterization of tree germplasm resources, laying a foundation for the use of genetic polymorphisms to make predictions of phenotype changes through marker–trait association analysis. The paucity of the available phenotypic data, with respect to genetic, is still an important limiting factor, and the linking of genotypic and phenotypic information remains one of the greatest challenges in current genetics research.
On the whole, studies on tree crop biodiversity could provide the essential building blocks to ensure future improvements in production and quality, and for innovations in tree crop development and utilization.
Assoc. Prof. Gaetano Distefano
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- genetic resources
- molecular markers
- agronomic trait