Special Issue "Recent Advances in Orphan Crop Genetics and Genomics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (21 January 2020).
The definition of orphan crops varies, but generally refers to crop plants important in agriculture that are not well studied, and thus they have limited genetic or genomic resources. These crops are often the backyard crops that feed rural populations, especially in developing countries. Unlike the few staple crops that contribute to food security, the diversity of annual and perennial grain, fruit, nut and vegetable orphan crops can deliver the much-needed vitamins, macro and micronutrients essential for nutritional security in developing countries. Furthermore, because of the way these crops are maintained, they can often be climate resilient and can be locally adapted, representing genetic diversity for a species. Despite this, they are usually low yielding and the best quality genotypes are not productive or selected. The advent of technologies in genomics, objective high throughput phenotyping, and sensor and computing technologies have allowed disruptive improvements in breeding strategies that can be rapidly applied to orphan crops, bringing them to mainstream breeding and production programs. This special issue will focus on the development and application of such technologies to orphan crops.
Prof. Allen Van Deynze
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- Orphan crops
- Objective Phenotyping
- Nutritional Security