Advances in Molecular Genetics and Physiology towards a Better Understanding of Agricultural Crop Plants

Submission Deadline: 30 December 2022 Submit to Special Issue

Guest Editors

Dr. Adnan Noor Shah
Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology, Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab, Pakistan
adnan.shah@kfueit.edu.pk

Dr. Sikandar Amanullah
Northeast Agricultural University, Harbin 150030, China
Email: sikandaraman@yahoo.com

Dr. Anis Ali Shah
Division of Science and Technology, Department of Botany, University of Education, Lahore, Pakistan
Email: anisalibot@gmail.com

Dr. Habib Ali
Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology, Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab, Pakistan
Email: habib.ali@kfueit.edu.pk

Dr. Nader Ragab Abdelsalam Mohamed
Head of Agricultural Botany Department, Faulty of Agriculture Saba Bacha, Alexandria University, Egypt
Email: nader.wheat@alexu.edu.eg

Dr. Muhammad Umair Hassan
Research Center on Ecological Sciences, Jiangxi Agricultural University, Nanchang 330045, China
Email: muhassanuaf@gmail.com

Summary

Most agricultural crops are being consumed as staple food on a global scale providing multiple beneficial merits to human beings. However, the crop productivity is significantly reduced due to the numerous abiotic and biotic stress, e.g., mineral nutrient deficiency, radiation, salinity, drought, extreme temperature, heavy metals, various pathogens attacks, etc). In recent years, emerging omics technologies based on plant breeding and modern practical biological strategies have considerably boosted sustainable crop production, which similarly assisted the in-depth understanding of molecular genetics and physiological mechanisms of crop plants grown in different conditions. However, not all the genetic mechanisms of various unexplored cultivars/groups of different plant species are not dissected properly. So, the novel phenomics and genomics basis studies would provide vital insights that could significantly contribute in broadening the in-depth understanding of the bio-diversity of trait-specific crops, by triggering the intrinsic resistance of crop plants to tackle the adverse situation.


This special issue pursues the exploration of advanced multi-direction research (not limited to specific) on molecular genetics and physiological aspects of extensive agricultural plant species. Manuscripts highlighting the role of novel genomic approaches and practical biological applications for improving crop productivity and stress tolerance mechanisms are kindly welcome.


Scope of Research Topic:

· Molecular genetics and physiological mechanisms concurrent with the quality formation of crop plants.

· Application of plant growth regulators and nutrient use efficiency to promote crop productivity, and biotic and abiotic stress tolerance mechanism in crop plants.

· Usage of existing or improved genetics and biological approaches for the cultivation of improved trait-specific crop plants.

· Advanced OMICS strategies for breeding of biotic and abiotic stress tolerant crop plants.

· Genome-wide exploration of candidate genes of specific traits in crop plants.

· Molecular genetics and breeding approaches used for genetic mapping and development of resistant cultivars of different crop plants.

Marker-assisted selection (MAS) and GWAS-based research on identifying the functional QTLs/Genes regulating specific traits of crop plants under natural and induced stress.


Keywords

plant growth regulators, biotic and abiotic stress, nutrient use efficiency, crop productivity, plant biotechnology, molecular genetics & breeding, marker-assisted selection (MAS)

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