Special Issue "Advances in Genetic Engineering Strategies for Fruit Crop Breeding"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Bruno Mezzetti
Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy
Interests: fruit plant breeding; biotechnology
Dr. Lorenzo Burgos
Guest Editor
CEBAS-CSIC – Departamento de Mejora Vegetal. Grupo de Biotecnologìa de Frutales, Murcia, Spain
Interests: fruit breeding; biotechnology; genetic transformation
Dr. Silvia Sabbadini
Guest Editor
Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari ed Ambientali D3A, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche 10, 60131, Ancona, Italy
Interests: fruit plant biotechnology; genetic transformation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Genetic engineering offers important opportunities for fruit crop genetic improvement of agronomic traits relevant for increasing sustainability of the cultivation systems and quality of the products used for fresh and processing industries. This potential presently looks enhanced by the availability of new breeding techniques (RNAi, cisgenesis, and gene editing). Furthermore, the application of RNAi technology in the rootstock offers the possibility to induce modifications in the scion without altering its genome. The main limiting factors for the application of these technologies in fruit crops are the development of efficient methods for direct and Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation, such as plant regeneration and selection of new modified events. In addition, the biosafety rules to be applied to new modified fruit plants are not yet fully explored. This Special Issue of Plants will highlight the new methods for genetic transformation/gene editing combined with modified plant regeneration and selection, the new type of gene/traits that can be improved, and the appropriate approaches for running the risk and benefits analyses of the new products.

Prof. Bruno Mezzetti
Dr. Lorenzo Burgos
Dr. Silvia Sabbadini
Guest Editors

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  • fruit crops
  • genetic transformation
  • morphogenesis
  • selection
  • gene/traits of interest
  • field trials
  • risk and benefit analyses
  • consumer acceptance

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Genetic transformation in peach (Prunus persica L.): Challenges and ways forward
Authors: Angela Ricci; Silvia Sabbadini; Humberto Prieto; Isabel MG Padilla; Chris Dardick; Ralph Scorza; Cecilia Limera; Bruno Mezzetti; Chinnathambi Srinivasan; Margarita Perez-Jimenez; Lorenzo Burgos; Cesar Petri
Affiliation: CEBAS-CSIC – Departamento de Mejora Vegetal. Grupo de Biotecnologìa de Frutales, Murcia, Spain
Abstract: Almost thirty years have passed since the first publication reporting regeneration of transformed peach plants regeneration. Nevertheless, the general applicability of genetic transformation of this species has not yet been established. Many strategies have been tested in order to obtain an efficient peach transformation system. Despite the amount of time and efforts invested, the lack of success has meant that much data, potentially useful to the scientific community, has not been published. In this manuscript we overview what has been done in this species and summarizes different unpublished strategies/procedures aimed at producing transgenic peaches. Possible future studies/approaches are discussed to grapple with this problem.

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