Special Issue "Management of Plant Genetic Resources Oriented to Environmentally Friendly, Sustainable Agriculture"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainability, Biodiversity and Conservation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Radu E. Sestras
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Faculty of Horticulture, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, 3-5 Calea Manastur, 400372, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: genetics and plant breeding; sustainable agriculture; horticulture; forestry; biostatistics; biodiversity
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Prof. Dr. Oscar Vicente
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Institute for the Conservation and Improvement of Valencian Agrodiversity (COMAV), Universitat Politècnica de València, Camino de Vera 14, 46022 Valencia, Spain
Interests: climate change; plant biotechnology; plant reproduction; abiotic stress; plant stress physiology; halophytes; drought; salinity; stress tolerance
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Adriana F. Sestras
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Faculty of Horticulture, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, 3-5 Calea Manastur, 400372, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: biostatistics; biodiversity and genetic resources; plant breeding; vegetation ecology
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Prof. Dr. Monica Boscaiu
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Mediterranean Agroforestry Institute (IAM), Universitat Politècnica de València, Camino de Vera 14, 46022 Valencia, Spain
Interests: botany; plant ecophysiology; abiotic stress; halophytes
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Given that the world’s population has exceeded 7.8 billion and has been forecasted to reach ca. 10 billion by 2050, food security and the preservation of living resources are becoming paramount concerns for scientists, politicians, and administrative decision-makers worldwide, as well as for every sensible inhabitant of the planet. Agriculture is the largest consumer of freshwater—70% of global resources—and more and more water will be needed to produce enough food if we maintain our present agricultural practices. Freshwater and other global resources that are required to provide food for the world’s population and support the life on the planet are limited and are being depleted at an unprecedented rate. Agriculture is one of the major causes of this situation because of its negative influence on the Earth’s climate and resources. Indeed, agriculture has a huge impact on the environment, increasing in parallel with the increase of the global population, with its negative contribution to climate change, deforestation, water scarcity, land degradation, pollution, the salinization of irrigated farmland, desertification, greenhouse gas emissions and the greenhouse effect, the reduction of biodiversity and other unfavorable effects. Over the last few years, intense debates have addressed these controversial issues and have attempted to find viable solutions for the future, in the frame of environmentally friendly, sustainable agriculture. This Special Issue of Sustainability focuses on the desired, efficient and optimum conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources to ensure sustainable agriculture in the coming years. Therefore, in this Special Issue, we expect contributions related to the conservation of germplasm, genetic enhancement, plant breeding and the management of plant resources, agricultural practices and technical improvements oriented to the promotion of sustainable, ecological agriculture, with beneficial consequences for the environment and human health but also, more widely, for the future of the planet.

Prof. Dr. Radu E. Sestras
Prof. Dr. Oscar Vicente
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Adriana F. Sestras
Prof. Dr. Monica Boscaiu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • plant genetic resources
  • environmental changes
  • abiotic and biotic factors
  • genetic enhancement
  • conservation of germplasm
  • plant breeding and management of plant resources
  • disease and pest resistance or tolerance
  • modern cultivars
  • anthropogenic land-use change
  • agricultural practices and technical improvements
  • sustainable food systems
  • sustainable agriculture

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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