Special Issue "Conventional and Molecular Breeding Technologies for the Improvement of Industrial Crops"

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 October 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Hussein Abdel-Haleem
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Guest Editor
USDA-ARS, US Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center, 21881 North Cardon Lane, Maricopa, AZ 85138, USA
Interests: improvement of industrial, biofuels and natural rubber crops; conventional and molecular breeding methodologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The success of biofuels and by-products lies in finding inexpensive feedstocks that do not compete with food crops and can be cultivated economically in diverse geographical regions and agricultural production systems. These sustainable, alternative sources must be renewable, with positive social, economic, and environmental performance. 

Recent advancements in genomics and gene discovery tools allow plant breeders to understand the genetic bases of many traits, discover the gene networks controlling these traits, and explore the diversity of these genes and associated traits in their plant germplasm. These advancements promise a rapid acceleration in germplasm improvement for industrial uses.

This Special Issue is focused on “Conventional and Molecular Breeding Technologies for the Improvement of Industrial Crops”. We invite novel research studies and reviews covering related topics to improve industrial and bioenergy crops, including genetic and genomics, breeding methodologies, gene discovery and identification, genetic and phenotypic diversities, high-throughput genotyping and phenotyping strategies, genomic selection and prediction, responses to biotic and abiotic stresses, and exploring genotype and environments interactions (G × E).

Dr. Hussein Abdel-Haleem
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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 2000 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.


  • environmental stresses
  • bioenergy crops
  • genetic diversity
  • genome-wide association studies (GWAS)
  • genomic selection
  • high-throughput phenotyping
  • industrial crops
  • marker-assisted breeding
  • next-generation sequencing
  • quantitative trait loci (QTL)

Published Papers

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