Special Issue "Genetic Resources for Sustainable Agriculture"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2019) | Viewed by 34121
Interests: plant genetic resources; in situ conservation and evolution; breeding for sustainability
A wide variety of plant genetic resources (PGR) is the basis of food and nutrition security, as well as the foundation of economic security in the agricultural sector. However, mainstream agriculture currently depends on very little diversity, both in terms of the number of crop species cultivated and diversity within those crops.
There is an urgent need to promote the conservation of crop diversity by showing its utility in sustainable agriculture through the development of materials characterized by improved efficiency in nutrients utilizations, yield stability, and resilience to cope with new challenges caused by the actual climate change scenario.
In this scenario, the in situ (on-farm) management of PGR is extremely relevant since it allows a continuous evolution and adaptation of conserved materials to changing environmental forces, and thus the generation of new diversity, which is considered to be relevant for future crop improvement. Indeed, a deeper understanding of in situ crop diversity evolution mechanisms must be pursued. In this process, molecular markers certainly play a crucial role in allowing deep germplasm characterization and a more comprehensive understanding of crop genetic diversity, in addition to its structure and evolution.
The use of technologically advanced methods on PGR will help in achieving a better conservation and use of diversity for sustainable agriculture.
This Special Issue of Sustainability is thus focused on use of PGR in such types of agriculture.
The main topics to be covered include (but are not limited to):
- Promotion and use of PGR in sustainable agriculture;
- Use of PGR in breeding for improved sustainability;
- PGR genetic diversity characterization and understanding of its evolution;
- Sustainable conservation of crop wild relatives.
Prof. Valeria Negri
Dr. Lorenzo Raggi
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- sustainable conservation and the use of plant genetic resources
- diversity evolution
- breeding for sustainable agriculture