Special Issues

Horticulturae runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Application of Nanoparticles on Horticultural Crops
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submission deadline 10 Dec 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 8167 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanoparticles; membrane transporters; gene expression; protein expression; oxidative stress
Smart Horticulture: Latest Advances and Prospects submission deadline 10 Dec 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1625 | Submission Open
Keywords: precision agriculture; sensors; machine learning; robotics; digital agriculture
Sustainable Fertilization Management Consequences to Horticultural Crops submission deadline 10 Dec 2022 | Viewed by 237 | Submission Open
Keywords: horticulture; precision agriculture; balanced fertilization; macroelements; microelements
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Nutrition)
Application of CRISPR Technology in Horticulture submission deadline 10 Dec 2022 | Viewed by 129 | Submission Open
Keywords: base editing; CRISPR/Cas9; gene editing; genome editing; guide RNA; horticultural crop improvement; precision breeding
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics, Genomics, Breeding, and Biotechnology (G2B2))
In Vitro Regeneration, Micropropagation and Germplasm Conservation of Horticultural Plants submission deadline 15 Dec 2022 | 9 articles | Viewed by 11226 | Submission Open
Keywords: cryopreservation; in vitro culture; in vitro conservation; micropropgation; plant regeneration
(This special issue belongs to the Section Propagation and Seeds)
Biological Activities of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants submission deadline 15 Dec 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2759 | Submission Open
Keywords: bioactive compounds; bioassays; essential oils; herbal medicine; metabolites; natural products; phytochemistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinals, Herbs, and Specialty Crops)
Genetic Resources and Breeding Trends of Berry Crops submission deadline 15 Dec 2022 | Viewed by 161 | Submission Open
Keywords: raspberry; currants; strawberry; blueberries; breeding; smart phenotyping; marker-assisted breeding; genomic tools; environmental resilience (ecological plasticity)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics, Genomics, Breeding, and Biotechnology (G2B2))
New Advances in Vegetable Breeding, Genetics and Genomics submission deadline 15 Dec 2022 | Viewed by 252 | Submission Open
Keywords: molecular breeding; marker-assisted selection; linkage mapping; QTL mapping; CRISPR-Cas9; genomic selection; genome-wide association studies; genotyping; transcriptome analysis; gene expression
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics, Genomics, Breeding, and Biotechnology (G2B2))
The Role of Biostimulants in Horticultural Crops submission deadline 15 Dec 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2080 | Submission Open
Keywords: aminoacid; selenium; microorganisms; plant physiology and metabolomic; abiotic stresses
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Nutrition)
Uses of Hydrogen Gas in Horticulture
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submission deadline 16 Dec 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2838 | Submission Open
Keywords: hydrogen gas; hydrogen agronomy; gasotransmitters; horticultural plants; biological effects; yield; quality; soil microbe
(This special issue belongs to the Section Developmental Physiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology)
Novel Strategies to Improve the Productivity and Quality of Vegetables and Fruits submission deadline 20 Dec 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 662 | Submission Open
Keywords: modern management practices; cultivation; growing media; balance between growth and development; phytochemicals and nutrient uptake
Advancements in Soil Health submission deadline 20 Dec 2022 | 8 articles | Viewed by 7843 | Submission Open
New Cultivation and Breeding Methods for Quality Improvement of Tomatoes submission deadline 20 Dec 2022 | Viewed by 173 | Submission Open
Keywords: cultural practices; plant breeding; fruit quality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Vegetable Production Systems)
Sustainable Oliviculture Facing Emerging Challenges submission deadline 20 Dec 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2891 | Submission Open
Keywords: adaptations; biocontrol; climate change; ecosystems; oil; olive; omics; pests and diseases; physiology; sustainability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Fruit Production Systems)
Advances in Tea Plant Biology and Tea Quality Regulation
edited by , Xinchao Wang, Qunfeng Zhang, , Chaoling Wei, and Chuankui Song
submission deadline 20 Dec 2022 | 10 articles | Viewed by 9282 | Submission Open
Keywords: tea plant; genetics; growth and development; secondary metabolism; molecular breeding; stress and resistance; tea quality; health effects
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinals, Herbs, and Specialty Crops)
Genomic Analyses and New Breeding Technologies for the Enhancement of Horticultural Plants
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Dec 2022 | 8 articles | Viewed by 8389 | Submission Open
Keywords: horticultural crops; genomic analyses; genome sequence; molecular breeding
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics, Genomics, Breeding, and Biotechnology (G2B2))
Integrated Disease and Pest Management of Vegetables
edited by and Zhenchuan Mao
submission deadline 20 Dec 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4702 | Submission Open
Keywords: vegetable diseases and pests; occurrence regularity; pesticide resistance; integrated management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Vegetable Production Systems)
Factors Affecting Export Flower Quality and Strategies for Prolonging Flowers Vase Life
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submission deadline 27 Dec 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 9362 | Submission Open
Keywords: cut flowers; flower industry; flower export; postharvest quality; postharvest technique; preservative solution; vase life
(This special issue belongs to the Section Floriculture, Nursery and Landscape, and Turf)
Mycorrhizal Roles in Horticultural Plants
edited by , , , Bo Shu and Nong Zhou
submission deadline 30 Dec 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6903 | Submission Open
Keywords: aquaporin; citrus; endophytic fungi; fruit quality; fungi diversity; medicinal plant; mycorrhiza; nutrients; ornamental plant; symbiosis; stress tolerance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Pathology and Disease Management (PPDM))
Advances in Chemical Composition and Bioactivity of Horticultural Natural Products
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submission deadline 30 Dec 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1221 | Submission Open
Keywords: chemical composition; natural products; biodiversity; phytochemicals; secondary metabolites; bioactive compounds; biological activity; antioxidants; traditional medicine; traditional foods; fruits; vegetables; herbs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Postharvest Biology, Quality, Safety, and Technology)
Genes, Genetics and Breeding of Tomato
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submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 8 articles | Viewed by 6427 | Submission Open
Keywords: genes; genetics; breeding; tomato; improvement; yield; quality; disease resistance; stress tolerance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics, Genomics, Breeding, and Biotechnology (G2B2))
The State-of-the-Art Horticulture in the Balkan Region submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2619 | Submission Open
Keywords: horticulture; vegetables; fruits; ornamental plants; turf grass; viticulture; water and nutrition management; postharvest technology; growing practices; nutritional composition; antioxidants; health benefits
Ongoing Research on Role and Sustainable Weed Management in the Horticultural Crops submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1901 | Submission Open
Keywords: horticultural crops; weed management; agroecosystem; sustainable agriculture; organic farming; vegetables; quality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Vegetable Production Systems)
Novel Approaches on the Characterization of Medicinal Plant Specialized Metabolism submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3479 | Submission Open
Keywords: medicinal plants; plant bioactive compounds; plant in vitro cultures; elicitation; bioreactors; plant intracellular signaling; artificial intelligence tools; molecular biology; omics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Developmental Physiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology)
Factors Affecting the Quality and Shelf Life of Horticultural Crops
edited by Mohammad Zahirul Islam
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 10713 | Submission Open
Keywords: Growing methods; Growing conditions; Commercial handling; Pre- and postharvest treatments
(This special issue belongs to the Section Postharvest Biology, Quality, Safety, and Technology)
Soil Science, Water and Nitrogen Management in Horticultural Production submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | Viewed by 377 | Submission Open
Keywords: water quality; nitrates; nitrogen form; nitrogen use efficiency; organic composts; fertigation; water productivity; evaporation-saving strategies; mulching
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Nutrition)
New Insights into Rootstock - Scion Interactions in Horticultural Crops submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 10 articles | Viewed by 7459 | Submission Open
Keywords: growth control; cropping efficiency and crop quality; response to biotic and abiotic stress factors; water supply and plant water potential; nutrient uptake and transport; hormonal interactions; phenology characteristics; graft compatibility
(This special issue belongs to the Section Propagation and Seeds)
Advances in Horticultural Economics, Policy, Business Management and Marketing
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submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1352 | Submission Open
Keywords: consumer behavior; consumer communication; economic/market development; horticultural business management; supply chain management; policy making; business model innovation; crisis/risk management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Horticultural Economics, Policy, Business Management and Marketing)
Medicinal, Aromatic, Spice Plants: Biodiversity, Phytochemistry, Bioactivity and Their Processing Innovation submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5706 | Submission Open
Keywords: biological activity; breeding; cultivation; essential oils; ethnopharmacology; herbs; hydrolate; natural substances; isolation; innovations; post-harvest processing; products
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinals, Herbs, and Specialty Crops)
Selenium in Horticultural Crops
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submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1567 | Submission Open
Keywords: selenium; horticultural crops; plant growth; stress tolerance; Se functions; Se metabolism; Se biofortification
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Nutrition)
Advancement in Propagation, Breeding, Cultivation and Marketing of Ornamentals submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4906 | Submission Open
Keywords: breeding; controlled environment; cultivation physiology; futureproof ornamentals and sustainability; genetics; hybridization; LED lighting; mutation breeding and somaclonal variation; precision farming; polyploidisation; postharvest; new breeding technologies and alternative breeding tools; new cultivars and wide crosses; new propagation techniques in vitro and ex vitro; nutrient use efficiency; sensors; stress tolerance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Propagation and Seeds)
Advanced Studies in Cultivation and Breeding of Apple
edited by Yuanyuan Li and Han Jiang
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | Viewed by 199 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Fruit Production Systems)
Vegetable Biofortification: Strategies, Benefits and Challenges
edited by Beatrice Pezzarossa and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2965 | Submission Open
Keywords: biofortification; dietary supplements; enriched products; storage; antioxidants; deficiency; nutrients; micronutrient malnutrition; nutritional deficiency
(This special issue belongs to the Section Vegetable Production Systems)
Horticultural Crop Physiology under Biotic and Abiotic Stresses submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3494 | Submission Open
Keywords: horticultural crops; biotic and abiotic stressors; plant productivity; photosynthesis; plant– microbial interaction; plant-growth-promoting bacteria; signaling pathways; physiological mechanisms of plant tolerance; oxidative stress; antioxidant response
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biotic and Abiotic Stress)
Plant-Based, Proximal and Remote Sensing in Orchards and Vineyards — State of the Art, Challenges, Data Fusion and Integration submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 679 | Submission Open
Keywords: artificial intelligence; big data; data integration; data fusion; fruit crops; orchard automation; orchard management; precision horticulture; robotics; smart farms
(This special issue belongs to the Section Fruit Production Systems)
Seed Germination and Micropropagation of Ornamental Plants submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 5264 | Submission Open
Keywords: artificial seeds; clonal propagation; dormancy; endangered species; in vitro propagation; micropropagation; ornamental plants; plant tissue culture; seed germination; somatic embryogenesis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Floriculture, Nursery and Landscape, and Turf)
Application of Chars in Growing Media
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submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6878 | Submission Open
Keywords: biochar; hydrochar; growing media; germination; peat replacement
Epigenetic Modifications and Breeding Application in Horticultural Plants submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 14 articles | Viewed by 13777 | Submission Open
Keywords: epigenetic modification; DNA methylation; RNA modification; histone modification; epigenetic regulation; environmental adaptation; development; gene expression; breeding strategy; horticultural plants
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics, Genomics, Breeding, and Biotechnology (G2B2))
Advanced of Horticulture Innovative Irrigation Technologies
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submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 6051 | Submission Open
Keywords: water use efficiency; irrigation equipment and devices; variable rate irrigation; automation; soil moisture monitoring; sensors; water saving; water and wastewater reuse; remote sensing; Internet of Things (IoT); sustainability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Vegetable Production Systems)
Feature Papers in Horticulturae in 2022
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submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4342 | Submission Open
Keywords: crop physiology; plant metabolism; crop molecular biology; plant productivity; crop quality
Soilless Culture — An Intensive Production Method on Its Way to Sustainability submission deadline 1 Jan 2023 | Viewed by 420 | Submission Open
Keywords: abiotic and biotic stress management; artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things; biofortification; biostimulants for soilless culture systems; carbon footprints; lifecycle analysis; climate change; and intensive sustainable systems; compost utilization in growing media; circular growing media; alternative to peat and mineral wool; developments in remote growing; fertilization: threshold limits of sodium; etc.; green roof technology; vertical farming; and how to restrict costs and increase profitability; growing media analysis; formulation; and characterization and engineering; growing systems for new soilless crops; such as cannabis; freesia; and berries; novel inorganic and organic materials; such as waste and digestates; sphagnum moss; biochars; and hydrochars; organic soilless production; organic waste management and circular horticulture; organic fertilizers; pathogen elimination and cleaning pipework; plant propagation; recirculation of nutrient solution; root-medium properties; architecture; and plant nutrition; soilless culture and understanding of crop physiology and quality aspects; stability and biodegradation of growing media; water quality; water-/nutrient-use efficiency; automation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Protected Culture)
Compost Applications in Horticultural Production submission deadline 10 Jan 2023 | Viewed by 147 | Submission Open
Keywords: compost utilization; nutrient availability; container medium; soil organic matter; disease suppression
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Nutrition)
Advanced Studies in Fruit Trees under Water Stress submission deadline 10 Jan 2023 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3374 | Submission Open
Keywords: waterlogging stress; drought conditions; oxidative status; primary and secondary metabolites; osmotic adjustment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biotic and Abiotic Stress)
Wild Plant Species as Potential Horticultural Crops: An Opportunity for Farmers and Consumers submission deadline 10 Jan 2023 | Viewed by 317 | Submission Open
Keywords: edible species; cultivation systems; yield and quality; new functional foods; nutrients; secondary metabolites; antioxidants; food security; food safety; biodiversity
Horticulture Food Microbiology and Safety submission deadline 12 Jan 2023 | Viewed by 149 | Submission Open
Keywords: shelf life; vegetables; fruits; postharvest; active packaging; modified atmosphere; natural extracts and essential oils; pulsed light; thermovision
(This special issue belongs to the Section Postharvest Biology, Quality, Safety, and Technology)
Nutritive Value, Polyphenolic Content, and Bioactive Constitution of Green, Red and Flowering Plants-Volume II submission deadline 15 Jan 2023 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5615 | Submission Open
Keywords: secondary metabolites; phytochemicals; beneficial stress; functional food; pre-harvest factors; specialty crops; fruit and leafy vegetables
(This special issue belongs to the Section Postharvest Biology, Quality, Safety, and Technology)
New Insight for Vegetable Growing in Protected Structure
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submission deadline 15 Jan 2023 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1284 | Submission Open
Keywords: vegetables in protected structures; growing model; plant management; environment management; soil management; biology management; breeding and cultivar selection
(This special issue belongs to the Section Vegetable Production Systems)
Bioactive Compounds and Antioxidant Capacity in Fruits and Vegetables submission deadline 15 Jan 2023 | 2 articles | Viewed by 982 | Submission Open
Keywords: fruits; vegetables; phytochemical compounds; preharvest; postharvest
Non-Chemical Strategies for IPM in Horticulture submission deadline 15 Jan 2023 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4621 | Submission Open
Keywords: IPM in horticulture; insect pest  ; mites; non-chemical pest control; biological control; cultural methods
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest Management)
New Insights into Pest Management in Horticultural Production submission deadline 15 Jan 2023 | 7 articles | Viewed by 5277 | Submission Open
Keywords: insects; mites; nematodes; molluscs; fungi; bacteria; viruses; plant pests and diseases; crop protection; chemical control; non-chemical control; invasive pests and diseases; monitoring; identification of pests and diseases; biological control; integrated pest management; pesticide resistance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest Management)
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