Special Issue "Genomics, Genetic/Cell Engineering and Breeding Biotechnology of Fiber Crops"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Fanchang Zeng
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Guest Editor
State Key Laboratory of Crop Biology, College of Agronomy, Shandong Agricultural University, Tai’an 271018, China
Interests: plant molecular biology; genetics and genomics; biotechnology; cell engineering and asexual breeding

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fiber crops, as the world’s most important crops, play a significant role in the revolution of modern bio-based textiles products eventually replacing much of the petrochemical industry. Molecular genetics and functional genomics are leading the way to improving breeding efficiency by understanding the crops genome and gene regulation, and applying this information to the identification of markers, favorable genes alleles, or metabolic processes. Moreover, advances in modern biotechnology have resulted in the development of powerful techniques that have greatly promoted crop improvement with economic progress, sustainable productivity, and environmental compatibility. For example, cotton has been a leader in the use of biotechnology. The commercialization of Bt cotton and herbicide-resistant cotton in the world is just the beginning of the biotechnological revolution. More advanced biotechnologies include gene editing (for example, protein modification by coding sequence mutation or over/suppressed expression by promoter manipulation), cell engineering, and asexual breeding. The advances in new biotechnologies have made it possible to develop plants that contain genes that were not possible to be developed by sexual approaches. A crop breeding revolution will be taking place with generation of biotech products for fiber crop improvement on more complex traits, such as quality, drought, salinity, or fertilizer use.

We welcome submissions of different types of manuscripts, including original research papers, reviews, and methods, including, but not limited to: significant progress on structural and functional genomics, genetics, and the application of modern breeding biotechnologies in fiber crops. This collection of articles will provide the knowledge base and new solutions for fiber crops improvement.

Prof. Dr. Fanchang Zeng
Guest Editor

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  • structural and functional genomics
  • molecular genetics
  • biotechnology
  • cell engineering and asexual breeding
  • fiber crops

Published Papers

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