Legume Genomics and Breeding
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 February 2022) | Viewed by 11627
Interests: legume; breeding; screening for biotic and abiotic stresses; genetic studies; disease resistance; herbicide resistance; genetic gain assessment; genomic assisted breeding; speed breeding; efficient breeding tools and techniques; genotype X environment interaction
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Legumes are key crops that contribute to sustainable agriculture through their ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen and improve soil structure. In developing countries, they contribute to food and nutritional security through diversified food systems. However, many legume crops remain underutilized due to policy issues that favor cereals over legumes. Legumes are also affected by diverse biotic (diseases, parasitic weeds, and insects) and abiotic stresses (heat, frost, drought, salinity, soil acidity, and nutrient deficiency). Conventional breeding approaches have resulted in significant genetic improvement in legume crops and improved cultivars have been developed for cultivation in different agro-ecologies. However, the genetic gains in major legume crops grown in developing countries remain below the desired rate to close demand–supply gaps. Significant research and development efforts have been undertaken in the past decade concerning important legumes at advanced research Institutes and in the CGIAR centers. These efforts have led to the development of valuable genomic resources and genomic tools, such as draft genome sequencing, resequencing data, large-scale genome-wide markers, dense genetic maps, quantitative trait loci (QTLs), and diagnostic markers. These tools are essential for the modernization of breeding programs and accelerate the breeding cycle, which can increase genetic gains when integrated with the speed breeding approach. This Special Issue will gather innovative papers on genomic research in different legume crops.
Dr. Fouad S. Maalouf
Dr. Dil Thavarajah
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- Genomics in legumes
- Molecular breeding and marker-assisted selection/breeding
- QTL analysis
- Genomic-assisted breeding
- Biotic and abiotic stresses
- Genetic gains
- Genetic resources and Germplasm enhancement
- Modern Breeding methods
- G x E interaction
- Speed breeding