Special Issue "Molecular, Genetic, and Physiological Control of Fruit and Vegetable Quality"

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Luigi De Bellis

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies, Università del Salento, Centro Ecotekne, via Provinciale Lecce Monteroni, 73100 Lecce, Italy
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Interests: plant physiology; genomics; biotechnology; pathology; fruit quality
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Alberto Pardossi

Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Pisa, 56124 Pisa, Italy
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Interests: plant physiology; vegetable crops; greenhouse horticulture; fruit quality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is a worldwide growing consumption of high-quality fruit and vegetables because of a greater concern for a healthier diet. The world horticultural industry must take up the challenge of a sustainable production of high-quality fruit and vegetables in a changing environment and considering new legal regulations (e.g., on nitrates), the demand for functional foods and new specialty crops, such as microgreens, and the application of artificial or semi-artificial cropping systems.

Fruit and vegetable quality depends on a set of visual, organoleptic, nutritional, and nutraceutical properties, which influence the consumer’s perception of the products and market sales. Many factors influence fruit and vegetable quality, including the climate, production system, and post-harvest processing, handling, and storage. It is necessary to have deep knowledge of the genetic, molecular, and physiological processes that take place in harvested leaves and organs and how they respond to both pre- and post-harvest factors. In fact, the market and health value of the products are linked to traits such as texture, flavors, aromas, and nutraceutical/antioxidant content, which are controlled by multiple environmental, technological, and genetic factors. 

The Special Issue on "Molecular, Genetic, and Physiological Control of Fruit and Vegetable Quality" intends to provide readers with novel insights into how quality is influenced and/or controlled both genetically and environmentally. Contributions through original research papers or reviews that concern molecular genetics and/or physiological approaches on fruit and vegetable species are welcomed.

Prof. Dr. Luigi De Bellis
Prof. Dr. Alberto Pardossi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Horticulturae is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Fruit quality
  • Vegetable quality
  • Crop physiology
  • Metabolism
  • Molecular and genetic regulation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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