Special Issue "Vegetable Crops Breeding for Abiotic Stress Tolerance and Quality Traits"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 December 2021.
The impacts of a changing climate are already being experienced around the world, and predictions indicate that the frequency of droughts and episodes of extreme high temperatures will increase. These abiotic stresses are impacting vegetable crop productivity and yield. This, in turn, presents challenges to food supply systems and impacts on water resources for drinking and agriculture. Further to this, elevated CO2 levels are expected to alter the protein content and the nutrient profile of food crops. Vegetable crops can be particularly susceptible to abiotic stresses due to high water demands and sensitivity to unpredictable temperatures and saline soils. Improving existing cultivars and breeding new ones with enhanced abiotic stress tolerance traits is critical to prevent further yield losses and produce crop plants that are well-adapted to a changing climate. Developing this germplasm relies on a large and diverse gene pool of material available for cultivar improvement along with the availability of rapid and phenotyping and trait identification methods. Therefore, it is important to identify significant traits of interest associated with abiotic stress tolerance and increase the depth and breadth of molecular and physiological information available. However, there are several challenges to overcome. Vegetable crops frequently have narrow genetic diversity for abiotic stress tolerance traits due to intense selection for yield and quality traits at optimum growing conditions. Moreover, these stress tolerance characteristics are often complex polygenic traits. Additionally, there is a need for new, affordable, and rapid trait identification and phenotyping methods. This collection of articles will provide new solutions and add to the knowledge base for the development of vegetable crops adapted to abiotic stress.
Dr. Rachael Symonds
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- trait identification
- abiotic stress tolerance traits
- vegetable crop diversity
- vegetable population structure
- vegetable crop improvement and advancement
- crop nutrient and yield status