Special Issue "Molecular Breeding in Horticultural Plants"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Hélia Cardoso
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ICAAM – Instituto de Ciências Agrárias e Ambientais Mediterrânicas, Instituto de Investigação e Formação Avançada, Universidade de Évora – Pólo da Mitra, 7006-554 Évora, Portugal
Interests: molecular markers (food/feed traceability); genotyping/phenotyping tools applied to plant breeding; plant biotechnology (in vitro culture/genetic engineering). Currently, I am working on the molecular mechanisms involved in plant plasticity (attributed to efficient cell reprogramming) upon biotic/abiotic stresses, with a special focus on the study of plant ability to develop adventitious roots, described as a morphogenic response upon abiotic stress exposure
Dr. Augusto Peixe
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Departamento de Fitotecnia, Escola de Ciência e Tecnologia, ICAAM, Universidade de Évora – Pólo da Mitra, 7006-554 Évora, Portugal
Interests: in vitro culture; plant breeding; biotechnology. Currently, I am working on anatomy, physiology, and genetic control of adventitious rooting, breeding for resistance against grapevine powdery/downy mildew, and in vitro culture techniques for Mediterranean fruit trees
Dr. Eugénia de Andrade
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Unidade Estratégica de Investigação e Serviços de Sistemas Florestais e Agrícolas e Sanidade Vegetal, Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, Quinta do Marquês, 2780-159 Oeiras, Portugal
Interests: molecular markers (SSR); plant transformation and breeding; phytopathogens. Currently, I am working on the genetic control of the interaction between host and pathogen, breeding for resistance against potato cyst nematodes, molecular characterization of fruit flies (SSR), and early detection.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plant molecular breeding, including marker-assisted breeding and genetic engineering, has experienced remarkable innovations and advances during the last few decades. The availability of high-throughput platforms focused on the different omics, from genomics to metabolomics, made available important information related to key genes and pathways associated with important agronomical traits. Different breeding programs are now focused on the use of that knowledge to produce new improved varieties. This Special Issue intends to report the recent advances in breeding strategies focused on innovative analysis coming from different omics approaches, including data achieved by high-throughput platforms. Approaches focused on genetics (genotyping and phenotyping), genomics (identification of genes directly linked with agronomical traits, regulatory elements, or functional polymorphisms), and transcriptomics (identification of key gene(s) and validation of its involvement in the expression of specific traits) will be considered. Data provided from proteomics (identification of enzymes and proteins from key pathways) and metabolomics (identification/quantification of metabolites that could be used as biomarkers on defined traits) will also be considered if an integrative approach is followed.

Dr. Hélia Cardoso
Dr. Augusto Peixe
Dr. Eugénia de Andrade
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Biotic/abiotic stress tolerance
  • Transcriptome/genome analysis
  • Throughput analysis
  • Plant genetic improvement
  • Marker-assisted breeding
  • Functional polymorphisms
  • Quantitative trait locus (QTL)
  • Genetic transformation
  • Transgenic crops
  • Assisted selection

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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