Optimizing Photosynthesis for Traits Improvement: Genetic Basis and Molecular Strategies

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Molecular Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2024 | Viewed by 182

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Key Laboratory of Biology and Genetic Improvement of Oil Crops, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Oil Crops Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Wuhan 430062, China
Interests: photosynthesis; chloroplast biology; C4 biology; plant functional genomics; crop stress response; crop improvement
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Key Laboratory of Photobiology, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093, China
Interests: photosynthesis; photoprotection; crop yield improvement; regulation of plastid gene

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global crop yields are stagnating or slowing as global climate change and population growth put rising demands on agricultural productivity. Photosynthesis, which captures and stores sunlight as an energy source to sustain virtually all life forms, is one of the most important photochemical reactions on Earth. Increasing the photosynthetic efficiency and performance of plants represents a key strategy as well as one of the remaining routes to improve crop yield potential. Therefore, it is imperative to accelerate our understanding of the genetic basis of plant photosynthetic processes for targeted and precise improvements of the current crops and breeding of future crops. In this Special Issue, investigations or reviews of any of the strategies (CRISPR, QTL mapping, GWAS, omics, big data mining, etc.) that identify and characterize genes/QTLs and novel/superior alleles, generate new germplasm resources or construct new technological systems to dissect mechanisms or improvements of any agronomic traits that impact photosynthesis in crops are preferred. In addition, studies on gene function and molecular mechanisms of photosynthetic regulation in model plants including Arabidopsis fall within this broad scope. Submissions of original research articles, reviews, resources, technologies and perspectives are all welcome.

Prof. Dr. Jun Liu
Dr. Qingtao Lu
Guest Editors

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  • photosynthesis
  • photosynthetic efficiency
  • crops
  • agronomic traits
  • yield improvement
  • stress tolerance
  • technology

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