Special Issue "From Allelic Diversity to G × E × M Breeding Synergies in Cereals"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Crop Breeding and Genetics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Roi Ben-David
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Guest Editor
Soil-Plant Interactions, Department of Vegetables and Field crops, Institute of Plant Sciences, ARO-Volcani Center, HaMaccabim Road, POB 15159, Rishon LeZion 7528809, Israel
Interests: plant breeding; plant genetics; plant physiology; molecular biology; genetics; genetic diversity; plant biotechnology; genomics; sequencing; PCR
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Dr. Kevin Pixley
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Guest Editor
Genetic Resources Program, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), 56237 Texcoco, Mexico
Interests: wheat and maize germplasm

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Agriculture faces well known and daunting challenges in coming decades: growing human population, loss of agricultural lands, diminishing resource availability, and impacts of climate change. Concurrently, there is growing recognition of the urgency to modify or adapt current cropping systems to ensure long-term sustainability. Food and nutrition security for all must be achieved within safe planetary boundaries. Cereal breeders thus face the complex challenge of increasing productivity, in ever-harsher environments, while reducing the environmental footprint of production.

While genotype by environment interactions (G x E) are a well-studied field, relatively few studies in cereals investigate the impact of crop management (M), including agronomy and cropping systems, on G x E. We argue that largely unexplored breeding opportunities to influence G x E x M lay ahead, and that these complement and by no means replace the current core-set of breeding targets in the public and private sectors.

We are looking for innovative research studies in major crops (e.g. wheat, rice and maize) that explore G x E x M synergies. This issue will collect insights and identify challenges and opportunities to breed cultivars with traits that create or exploit interactions with management to optimize sustainability of increased production. Relevant studies will integrate both genetics/breeding and management/agronomy components and will contribute to describing the novel features of varieties for sustainable cropping systems of the future.

Dr. Roi Ben-David
Dr. Kevin Pixley
Guest Editors

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. Agronomy 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 1800 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
  • crop improvement
  • management
  • G × E × M
  • yield gap
  • rice
  • wheat
  • maize
  • adaptation
  • cropping system

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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