Special Issue "Advance in Oat Research"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Edyta Skrzypek
Guest Editor
The F. Górski Institute of Plant Physiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Niezapominajek 21, 30-239, Kraków, Poland
Interests: oat doubled haploid production (androgenesis, wide crossing); plant cell and tissue culture; abiotic and biotic stresses; plant physiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Common oat (Avena sativa L.) is the most important species among the cultivated oats. It is widely used in both the feed and food industry because of its high nutritional value; oat products are a valuable source of dietary fiber, especially β-glucan, as well as protein, fat, minerals, and vitamins. Oat is known for its influence on satiety, retarded absorption of nutrients, and positive effects against various disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, such as high levels of cholesterol and postprandial blood glucose; oat can also modify immune response and reduce the risk of colon cancer. Oat is a cereal with relatively low agrotechnical requirements compared to other cereals, but constant exposure to various environmental stresses reduces the quality and quantity of yield. There is a continuing need for further improvement of this species with respect to the aforementioned benefits. Currently, the approach to improving oat production capacity involves not only the study of qualitative and quantitative traits, but also their inheritance, as well as resistance to fungal, bacterial, viral, and nematode diseases that reduce yield and its quality. Moreover, the increasing climate changes detected in recent years are forcing breeders to produce new, fertile, and resistant cultivars using biotechnology and genetic engineering.

This Special Issue of Plants will provide a selection of studies related to various aspects of oat molecular genetics and breeding in combination with obtaining high-yielding plants, resistant to abiotic and biotic stresses

Prof. Dr. Edyta Skrzypek
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • oat
  • abiotic and biotic stress
  • disease and nematode resistance
  • agronomic traits
  • interspecific crosses
  • breeding
  • genomics
  • utilization of molecular markers

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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