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Biotechnology-based breeding

Thematic Series Call for Papers

This collection is a Thematic Series of Journal of Cotton Research.

Guest Editors 

Professor Jinfa Zhang, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA;
Professor Jane K. Dever, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Lubbock, Texas, USA

About the Thematic Series

Cotton is the most important fiber crop for the textile industry and one of the most important oilseed crops in the world. Genetic improvement through traditional breeding and modern biotechnologies has significantly contributed to the enhancement of yield, fiber quality and resistance or tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses. Since the mid-1990s, genetically engineered (GE) cotton has been commercially grown in major cotton-producing countries. Techniques associated with GE have also evolved from insertion of introduced genes into a genome via Agrobacterium-mediated transformation and particle bombardment to genome editing. In the last 20 years, molecular markers, linkage maps, their use in locating loci responsible for Mendelian and quantitative traits, and marker-assisted selection have become a common practice in cotton research or breeding. The objectives of this thematic issue in Journal of Cotton Research are to seek manuscripts in research and reviews on biotechnology-based cotton breeding.

Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Commercialization and impacts of genetically engineered cotton in different regions or countries. 
  • Current status in development of molecular markers and mapping populations in cotton.
  • Mining of genes and their functional analysis in cotton.
  • Molecular genetic basis of traits related to yield, quality, maturity, and tolerance or resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses in cotton.
  • Marker-assisted selection and genomic selection in cotton.
  • Innovation and integration of new technologies in cotton breeding, such as modern biotechnology, speed breeding, information technology, and synthetic biology techniques.

Original research articles, reviews, software, as well as databases or datasets are welcome. A general guide for authors and other relevant information for submitting manuscripts are available on the Submission Guidelines. 

Submission deadline: 31 December 2024

Submission instructions: To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the thematic series title in the drop-down menu under the 'Additional Information' tab upon submission. In addition, indicate in your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on 'Biotechnology-based breeding'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

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Published articles in this collection

  1. Cotton is an economically important crop. It is crucial to find an effective method to improve cotton yield, and one approach is to decrease the abscission of cotton bolls and buds. However, the lack of knowle...

    Authors: Guangling Shui, Hairong Lin, Xiaomei Ma, Bo Zhu, Peng Han, Nurimanguli Aini, Chunping Gou, Yuanlong Wu, Zhenyuan Pan, Chunyuan You, Guoli Song and Xinhui Nie
    Citation: Journal of Cotton Research 2024 7:20
  2. Cotton fiber is a model tissue for studying microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs). The Xklp2 (TPX2) proteins that belong to the novel MAPs member mainly participate in the formation and development of microtu...

    Authors: Baojun Chen, Zailong Tian, Guoyong Fu, Ai Zhang, Yaru Sun, Jingjing Wang, Zhaoe Pan, Hongge Li, Daowu Hu, Yingying Xia, Shoupu He and Xiongming Du
    Citation: Journal of Cotton Research 2024 7:6
  3. SRO (Similar to RCD1) genes family is largely recognized for their importance in the growth, development, and in responding to environmental stresses. However, genome-wide identification and functional charact...

    Authors: Muhammad Shaban, Riaz Tabassum, Iqrar Ahmad Rana, Rana Muhammad Atif, Muhammad Abubakkar Azmat, Zubair Iqbal, Sajid Majeed and Muhammad Tehseen Azhar
    Citation: Journal of Cotton Research 2024 7:5