Special Issue "Research on Tropical Food Crop Genomics"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Michael Abberton
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Guest Editor
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria
Interests: yam; tropical crop plants; plant genetics and diversity
Dr. Rajneesh Paliwal
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Guest Editor
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria
Interests: tropical crops; plant genetics and breeding; climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In tropics, crop yield efficiency is determined by a combination of climate factors and, consequently, crop yields are less in the tropics than temperate. Presently, the increasing global warming trend is making crops more vulnerable by dramatically affecting their productivity and the future food security of the tropical regions. Tropical agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is thought to be the most vulnerable to this climate change, and crop yield could decrease by 6–24% depending on the climate scenario and management strategy.

Crop improvements have played an important role in enhancing crop yields in the past. Crops are currently well-integrated with the cutting-edge technology of both phenomics and genomics, which can mitigate the adverse effect of climate change and contribute to sustainable agriculture and food security of tropical regions, including SSA. Now, crop improvement methods have shifted from conventional plant breeding to molecular plant breeding, which applies several new biotechnology tools integrated with traditional breeding to accelerate genetic gain in a short time for a trait of interest to develop improved cultivars.

Currently, advanced genomic researchers are engaged in tropical crop research to explore germplasm diversity and QTL analysis for different traits, such as flowering, yield-relative traits, insect/pest resistance traits, and disease traits, abiotic stress tolerance traits, and quality.

This Special Issue will be centered on the use of next-generation sequencing for tropical food crop genetics and genomics research to better understand genetic diversity and population structure, linkage mapping, QTL discovery, genome-wide association study (GWAS), marker-assisted selection, and genomic selection.

Dr. Michael Abberton
Dr. Rajneesh Paliwal
Guest Editors

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  • Tropical crops
  • Germplasm
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Genetic diversity
  • Linkage mapping
  • QTL
  • GWAS
  • Marker-assisted selection
  • Genomic selection

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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