Special Issue "Advances in Genetics, Breeding and Quality Traits in Forage and Clover Crops"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Crop Production".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 April 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Tim Vleugels
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Guest Editor
Plant Sciences Unit, Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO), Caritasstraat 39, Melle, Belgium
Interests: breeding; seed yield research; forage crops; cruciferous catch crops; quinoa

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forage crops play a key role in the transition towards more sustainable agriculture. Maximizing production and forage quality, while at the same time reducing the need for external inputs such as fertilization and crop protection, are key elements to provide high-quality animal products against a low environmental footprint. In addition, forage crops provide various ecosystem services, such as increasing biodiversity and preventing erosion. Forage legumes such as clovers support various kinds of wild pollinators through flowering, and improve soil fertility through the fixation of atmospheric nitrogen, while reducing the need for synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

Recent advances in breeding technologies, such as the implementation of marker-assisted selection, marker-assisted parentage analysis, genomic selection approaches, and improved phenotyping methods, have created new possibilities in forage crop breeding. Forage yield, disease resistance, persistence, and seed yield are important breeding traits to which a great deal of interest is paid. Recently, breeders have been focusing on improving quality traits such as sugar content, digestibility, and protein content in forage grasses and clovers. In grass-clover mixtures, an adequate compatibility of each component assures a good productivity and persistence.

For this Special Issue on ‘Advances in Genetics, Breeding and Quality Traits in Forage and Clover Crops’, we are ready to accept papers that discuss breeding approaches for major traits in forages or clovers, genetic studies on breeding traits, papers that apply molecular techniques such as genomic selection or marker-assisted techniques, and papers that study forage quality traits in forages or clovers. Original research papers as well as critical reviews are appreciated.

Dr. Tim Vleugels
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agriculture is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • breeding approaches/technologies
  • genomic selection
  • marker-assisted breeding
  • forage quality
  • seed yield
  • phenotyping
  • grass-clover mixtures

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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