Special Issue "The Dynamic Change in Plant Genomes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Sean Mayes

Faculty of Science, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Leics, Loughborough LE12 5RD, UK
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Interests: crop genetic diversity; marker assisted selection; underutilised crops; crop breeding; genome evolution

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plant genomes represent a dichotomy; their degree of conservation allows for links to be made between genomes of the same or even different taxa, which reveal conserved synteny, however significant variation also exists in the genome structure and gene order within species. As more information becomes available from the conserved synteny studies, genome sequencing/resequencing, and methylation analysis, the forces shaping plant genomes are becoming clearer.

The Special Edition is open to research articles on plant and crop studies into the commonalities and differences between plant genomes, and the forces driving these.

Particularly welcome are research papers on the following topics:

  • Domestication, adaptation, and effects of the environment on genomes;
  • The importance of autonomous and semi-autonomous elements in shaping the genome structure and/or bridging the species divide;
  • The shaping of the genome by natural selection in wild populations;
  • Approaches for the translation of information and understanding between the genomes of related species and taxa.

Dr. Sean Mayes
Guest Editor

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. Plants is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 550 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.


  • genome evolution
  • domestication
  • adaptation
  • genome-enabled breeding
  • marker-assisted selection
  • epigenetics
  • mobile genetic elements
  • conserved synteny
  • genome structure

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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