Special Issue "Applying Molecular Tools to Genetic Diversity and Divergence in Trees"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2023 | Viewed by 31

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Peng Zhao
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Guest Editor
Key Laboratory of Resource Biology and Biotechnology in Western China, Ministry of Education, College of Life Sciences, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069, China
Interests: population genomics; molecular ecology; plant genomes; evolutionary botany; genetic markers; chloroplast genomes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Genomes, chloroplast genomes, and gene families are becoming increasingly serious concerns in forest tree species, and have influenced many studies in several fields of forest sciences, including genetic diversity, phylogenetics, evolution, gene expression, population genetics and molecular breeding. Nowadays, sequencing technologies are developing quickly, aiding the colossal efforts of academic researchers, and being used for general applications in genomes, chloroplast genomes, and gene family data. Therefore, using data from these genomes to study forest tree species constitutes an urgently needed and promising research approach. This Special Issue plans to provide an overview of the most recent advances in the field of genomes, chloroplast genomes, and gene families of tree species and their applications in diverse areas. This Special Issue aims to publish selected contributions on advances in the synthesis, characterization, and applications of these data in tree species.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Genome variation;
  • Gene family evolution;
  • Comparative chloroplast genomes and evolution;
  • Genetic diversity and population structure;
  • Gene expression and evolutionary adaption.

Prof. Dr. Peng Zhao
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • genomes
  • genetic diversity
  • population structure
  • gene family evolution
  • chloroplast
  • genetic variation
  • transcriptome

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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