Special Issue "Alliums: Traditional Uses, Phytochemistry and Biological Activities"
A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.
Interests: plant genetics; plant breeding; functional food; plant genomics; horticultural crop, alliums; the genetics and breeding of vegetable crops; novel onion
Interests: transcripotme and metabolome dynamics in crop responses to environmental stress; natural products; saponins; flavonoids; plant-microbe interactions; metabolic pathway
Plants produce a diverse array of primary and secondary metabolites to protect themselves and to communicate with the components of their ecosystem. In the field of omic technology, metabolomics—the large-scale study of metabolites—represents a powerful approach, which directly reflect the underlying global biochemical activity, physiological conditions, and metabolic state of biological systems. Therefore, metabolites are closely correlated to phenotype and can bridge the gap between the phenotype and genoptype of biological systems.
Allium is an enormous genus that compromises several economically important crops, including the bulb onion (Allium cepa), shallot (the A. cepa Aggregatum group), Japanese bunching onion (A. fistulosum), garlic (A. sativum), chive (A. schoenoprasum), Chinese chive (A. tuberosum), and leek (A. ampeloprasum). Onions and garlic are some of the earliest domesticated horticultural crops and have been widely cultivated and prized for their medicinal, nutritional, and culinary properties. Allium is a rich source of diverse metabolites, such as amino acids, phenolics, fructooligosaccharides, and organosulfure compounds. The Allium metabolites not only affect economically important traits such as color, flavor, and pungency, but also play an important role in plant physiology and in promoting human health. Thus, Allium metabolomics may reveal the agricultural potential of Allium.
This Special Issue will highlight research articles and critical reviews analyzing the role of metabolomics in the Allium crops. It will consider the many translations and applications of metabolomics, including sample handling and analytical development challenges, data analysis, metabolic modeling, and network analysis. Large-scale association studies and integrative omics and the inherent bioinformatics and computing challenges will also be considered. Articles focusing on the current potential of Allium metabolomics for Allium breeding, including comparative genotyping, natural products, medicinal properties, and plant–environment interactions, are highly desired. If you are interested in submitting an article to this Special Issue, you may direct any questions you have to the Guest Editor.
Dr. Masayoshi Shigyo
Dr. Mostafa Abdelrahman
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- Allium metabolomics
- natural products
- isolation and quantification of saponin, organosulfure compounds, and phenolics in Allium crops
- metabolic changes of Allium crops in response to biotic and abiotic stress
- selection and genetic manipulation
- integrated metabolome–transcriptome of Allium crops
- LC/MS and GC/MS applications for Allium metabolites