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Speed Breeding in Crops

Guest Editors:
Jen-Tsung Chen: National University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Christophe Hano: University of Orleans, France

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 15 November 2023

New Content ItemPlant Methods is calling for submissions to our Collection on Speed Breeding in Crops. In the scenario of global climate change, food security is a critical issue due to the increasing human population and environmental pollutants, and one of the greatest challenges is how to accelerate plant breeding programs for future crops with high yield and stress tolerance. In current years, the emerging research field of "plant speed breeding" is promising to meet the future demand for crop improvement efficiently as well as precisely. It chiefly accelerates breeding and research programs through the shortening of the generation time of crops. Importantly, this technology needs the involvement and integration of some modern crop breeding systems.

This collection aims to present the recent achievements of plant speed breeding technologies with an emphasis on the fundamental and advanced systems involving genome editing, functional genomics, controlled-environment growth chambers, genomic and phenotypic selection methods, and high-throughput technologies. It covers a range of significant crops, such as rice, wheat, maize, soybean, cotton, fruit trees, vegetables, and so on.

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This Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 15.

  1. In plant breeding, one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to increase genetic gain is to reduce the breeding cycle time. In general, modern breeding methods for self-pollinated crops should strive t...

    Authors: Milcah Kigoni, Megan Choi and Juan David Arbelaez
    Citation: Plant Methods 2023 19:92
  2. Cunninghamia lanceolata (Chinese fir), is one of the most important timber trees in China. With the global warming, to develop new resistant varieties to drought or heat stress has become an essential task for br...

    Authors: Dong Xing, Yulin Wang, Penghui Sun, Huahong Huang and Erpei Lin
    Citation: Plant Methods 2023 19:66
  3. A well-known method for evaluating plant resistance to insects is by measuring insect reproduction or oviposition. Whiteflies are vectors of economically important viral diseases and are, therefore, widely stu...

    Authors: Micha Gracianna Devi, Dan Jeric Arcega Rustia, Lize Braat, Kas Swinkels, Federico Fornaguera Espinosa, Bart M. van Marrewijk, Jochen Hemming and Lotte Caarls
    Citation: Plant Methods 2023 19:49

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles, Data Notes, Case Reports, Study Protocols, and Database Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Speed Breeding in Crops" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.