Special Issue "Germplasm Diversity for Sustainability and Crop Improvement"
A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2021).
Agro-biodiversity embraces genetic resources of edible plants and crops (including traditional varieties, cultivars, hybrids, and other genetic material developed by breeders), plants used for other purposes, and wild resources. The analysis of plant agro-biodiversity is fundamental for safeguarding the knowledge and for the preservation of crop genetic variation, hence supporting ecosystem operation, resilience, and productivity. Thanks to agro-biodiversity, farmers and breeders can rely on a reservoir of genetically variable plants for food security. In fact, genetic diversity is necessary for the development of future crops able to cope with increasing food requests and environmental challenges. In order to exploit the enormous potential of genetic resources, plant germplasms still need to be characterized. The advances in sequencing technologies have allowed for the exploration of genetic diversity at nucleotide-scale precision, and genome-wide association studies can help identify loci linked to traits of interest.
This Special Issue is devoted to all aspects of germplasm diversity, with a particular focus on the characterization of plant genetic resources, including the use of molecular tools, for sustainable agriculture and crop improvements.
Dr. Gabriella Sonnante
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- plant genetic resources
- germplasm characterization
- molecular diversity
- sustainable agriculture
- crop improvement