Special Issue "Genomics of Plant Domestication and Crop Evolution"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (3 September 2018)
Dr. Domenico Rau
Department of Agriculture, University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy
Interests: long-standing interest in understanding how organisms cope with the challenges of adapting to changing environments: crop evolutionary genetics, population genomics, adaptation genomics, conservation and exploitation of plant biodiversity and plant breeding
Dr. Tania Gioia
School of Agricultural, Forestry, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy
Interests: domestication; genetic and morphological diversity; adaptation; population genomics; crop evolution
As defined by Charles Darwin, the processes of crop domestication and breeding can be seen as a giant experiment to test the evolutionary hypothesis. During domestication, similar sets of traits were selected over a wide range of plant species, as the so-called domestication syndrome, which shows numerous examples of convergent phenotypic evolution associated with adaptation to novel agro-ecosystems, and to human needs. This evolutionary scenario makes crops excellent models to understand the process of adaptation to new ecological conditions, to test evolutionary hypotheses, and to identify the molecular basis of phenotypic diversity. At the same time the understanding of the domestication and crop evolution process along with the knowledge about the level and structure of the molecular and functional diversity present in wild and domesticated germplasm has a major potential to boost plant breeding and gene discovery.
Progress in our understanding of genetic diversity and molecular evolution phenomena has accelerated dramatically over the last decade, driven by advances in genomic technologies. New genomic technologies have provided unprecedented knowledge about plants domestication and crop evolution representing a fundamental support for researchers and breeders involved in crop improvement and will eventually lead to improvements in crop yield and human health.
In this Special Issue, we would like to invite submissions of high-quality original research or review articles on topics related to the genomics of plant domestication and crop evolution.
Prof. Roberto Papa
Dr. Domenico Rau
Dr. Tania Gioia
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- crop evolution
- crop wild relatives
- domestication syndrome
- gene ﬂow
- genetic diversity
- population genomics
- population bottleneck
- natural selection
- convergent evolution
- selection signatures
- molecular evolution
- genome evolution, selection and adaptation