Special Issue "Genetic Diversity of Plant Tolerance to Environmental Restraints"

A special issue of Genes (ISSN 2073-4425). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Rudy Dolferus
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Guest Editor
Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Agr & Food, GPO Box 1700, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
Interests: plant molecular biology; plant genetics; plant growth regulators; response element; environmental stress
Dr. Olive Onyemaobi
Co-Guest Editor
CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Floreat, WA 6014, Australia
Interests: agricultural plant science; botany; molecular biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Land plants evolved from aquatic organisms about 475 million years ago, the conquest of land mass representing a major achievement made possible over time by genomic evolution (mutations, gene and genome duplications, polyploidy, transposons, etc.). Through this process, plants evolved complex networks of interacting genes to adapt to environmental conditions, and researchers have only just begun to unravel and understand these networks. In the 21st century, however, plants are facing a new challenge, where they have to adapt to a quickly changing environment. Global warming and extremes in temperature and water availability associated with climate change may require plants to adapt faster than their natural plasticity and/or mutation rate currently allow them to. This may cause the extinction of plant species, including staple food crops for human nutrition. The pressure is thus on for scientists to accelerate the identification of available genetic variation in plants linked to the capacity to adapt to environmental stressors and to unravel the underlying molecular and physiological basis. This Special Issue of Genes aims to provide a collection of papers that illustrate our current efforts in improving plant tolerance to environmental restraints.

Dr. Rudy Dolferus
Guest Editor
Dr. Olive Onyemaobi
Co-Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • plant tolerance
  • environmental stress
  • plant adaption
  • climate change
  • genome evolution
  • genetic variation
  • gene networks
  • stress physiology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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