Special Issue "Advances in Genetics and Molecular Breeding of Crops"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Genotype Evaluation and Breeding".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Deyong Ren
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Guest Editor
State Key Laboratory of Rice Biology, China National Rice Research Institute, Hangzhou 310006, Zhejiang, China
Interests: molecular genetics; crop breeding; gene cloning; genome editing; abiotic stress tolerance
Prof. Dr. Yuchun Rao
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Guest Editor
College of Chemistry and Life Sciences, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004, Zhejiang, China
Interests: rice; gene cloning; biotic stress; abiotic stress; rice breeding

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Bread is the staff of life. Ensuring food security and agricultural production is a major issue that is related to economic development and social stability. With the growth and increase of global population, climate warming, environmental pollution, and farmland degradation, global food production will have to increase by 70% by 2050 to ensure food supply. Germplasm resources are the "chips" to ensure the production of food security. The key problem concerns excavating and innovating gene and germplasm resources, and breaking through the limitation of conventional breeding by using biological frontier technology to breed accurately and efficiently. In view of the urgent problems of yield and quality, large-scale cracking of genetic code, exploring functional genes with important breeding value, and in-depth analyses of their molecular regulatory networks are of great significance to breed new varieties for rapid aggregation of excellent alleles.

It is, therefore, sound and timely to include a Special Issue in Agriculture addressing crop breeding theory and practice either using crossbreeding or gene editing. We invite those working in the crops improvement sector to submit manuscripts summarizing research results for this Special Issue.

Dr. Deyong Ren
Prof. Dr. Yuchun Rao
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • molecular genetics and breeding
  • cell biology
  • genetic resource innovation
  • gene cloning
  • genome editing
  • abiotic stress tolerance

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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