Special Issue "Recent Advances in Genetics and Breeding of Major Staple Food Crops"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 August 2020).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: crop genetics; molecular breeding; plant genomics; abiotic stress; variety development
Interests: crop genetics; breeding; cereals; MAS; genomic selection; QTL; varietal development
Interests: genomics; bioinformatics; molecular marker; genomic selection; data integration
To meet the global food demand of an increasing population, food production has to be increased by 60% by 2050. The main production constraints, such as climate change, biotic stresses, abiotic stresses, soil nutrition deficiency problems, problematic soils, etc., have to be addressed on an urgent basis. More than 50% of human calories are from three major cereals: rice, wheat, and maize.
The harnessing of genetic diversity by novel allele mining assisted by recent advances in biotechnological and bioinformatics tools will enhance the utilization of the hidden treasures in the gene bank. Technology advances in plant breeding, e.g., speed breeding and targeted mutagenesis, will provide some solutions for the biofortification, stress resistance, yield potential, and quality improvement in staple crops.
The elucidation of the genetic, physiological, and molecular basis of useful traits and the improvement of the improved donors containing multiple traits are key activities for variety development. High-throughput genotyping systems assisted by bioinformatics and data science provide efficient and easy tools for geneticists and breeders. Recently, new breeding techniques applied in some food crops are the game-changers in global food crop market.
With this background, we welcome eminent researchers working on food crops across the world to contribute their high-quality original research manuscripts. critical reviews, and opinion articles covering all the modern food crop genetics and breeding:
- Plant molecular systems focusing to food crops;
- Plant genetic diversity—QTL and gene identification utilizing high-throughput genotyping systems and their validation;
- New breeding techniques in food crops—targeted mutagenesis, genome editing, etc.;
- Abiotic and biotic stresses—QTL/gene identification and their molecular physiology;
- Plant nutrition, grain quality improvement, and yield enhancement;
- Biofortification—higher nutrition in grains for human health improvement and food safety.
Prof. Joong Hyoun Chin
Dr. Malikarjuna Swamy
Dr. Yeisoo Yu
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- crop genetics
- molecular breeding
- genetic diversity
- abiotic stress
- biotic stress
- plant nutrition
- genome editing
- staple food crops