Special Issue "Cereal Physiology and Breeding"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2021).
Interests: crop physiology
Interests: climate change; cereals; N2 fixers; resource use efficiency; photosynthesis; stable isotopes; sustainable agriculture; yield and quality traits
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The production of cereals is of critical importance for food security. Globally, cereals are the most important source of proteins and carbohydrates in our diet. During the second half of the 20th, cereal yields increased steadily due to a combination of improvements in agronomics and genetics. However, during the last decades, cereal yields have been stagnating in large areas of the world. To keep up with the demand of an increasing population in a challenging climate scenario, it is essential to optimize cereal yields in the coming decades.
Since it is highly unlikely that the cultivated area can be increased, we must target genetic improvement and improved management strategies to promote a more productive, sustainable, and resource-efficient agriculture.
The main goal of the current Special Issue is to publish papers focused on physiological and genetic approaches, aiming at increasing both the actual and the potential productivity of cereals, closing the yield gap in stressful conditions, and increasing the nutritional quality and healthiness of cereal products. Topics covered will encompass understanding the physiological and molecular bases of cereal productivity, germplasm mining for relevant traits, improving productivity or quality of cereal crops via pre-breeding and breeding approaches, particularly considering the climate change perspectives. Within this context, multidisciplinary approaches, related to agronomy, physiology, high-throughput phenotyping, genomics, metabolomics, etc., will be welcomed.
Dr. Gustavo A. Slafer
Dr. Ernesto Igartua
Dr. Iker Aranjuelo
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