Special Issue "Molecular Basis of Apomixis in Plants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 June 2020).
Interests: plant genetics; apomixis; polyploidy; reproductive strategies; genetic variability
Sexual reproduction in plants is a highly complex, toughly regulated process leading to the creation of diaspores for a new generation: sexual seeds. Apomixis is the consequence of a concerted mechanism that exploits the sexual machinery and acts in a way to coordinate developmental pathways in the ovule to produce an asexual (clonal) seed. Altered sexual developments involve widely characterized functional and anatomical changes in meiosis, gametogenesis, and embryo and endosperm formation. In spite of recent progress uncovering specific genes related to apomixis-like phenotypes, the molecular basis and regulatory network of apomixis is still unknown. Different “traditional” and “innovative” genomics and metabolomics tools as well as rapid clearing and staining protocols and plant imaging technologies have been made available, which are facilitating developmental, genetic, and genome-wide analyses of nonmodel species, including apomictic plants. The forthcoming Special Issue aims to provide an up-to-date overview from cutting-edge molecular data on apomixis research and research using plant species displaying diverse changes on the sexual machinery. Likewise, the Special Issue will serve as a platform to explore the potential application of genome-editing approaches in apomixis research, and for discussion of most relevant hypotheses and presentation of novel ideas to improve our understanding of or resolve the still puzzled molecular basis of apomixis in plants.
Dr. Diego Hojsgaard
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- Unreduced gametes
- Endosperm development
- Clonal seeds
- Genome editing