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Call for papers - Genomics for crop improvement

Guest Editors:
Eduard Akhunov, PhD, Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University, USA
David Edwards, PhD, University of Western Australia, Australia

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 4 January 2025

Genome Biology is calling for submissions to our Collection on genomic techniques and possibilities for crop improvement.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Eduard Akhunov, PhD, Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University, USA

Eduard Akhunov is a faculty at the Department of Plant Pathology and the Director of the Wheat Genetics Resource Center (WGRC) at Kansas State University, where he leads crop genomics and breeding research program focused on identifying and characterizing novel agronomic genes in wheat and its wild relatives and their transfer into adapted wheat varieties. His team combines genomic technologies with phenomics, molecular genetics, data science, and genome editing to understand genes and pathways underlying wheat disease resistance, development, and grain yield and quality. In collaboration with researchers from industry and academia, his team uses gained knowledge to design high-yielding disease resistant wheat varieties better adapted to changing environments.

David Edwards, PhD, University of Western Australia, Australia

Professor Edwards gained an Honours degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Nottingham and a PhD from the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge. He has held positions within academia, government, and industry. In 2015 he moved to the University of Western Australia as Professor in Plant Genomics and in 2022 established the Centre for Applied Bioinformatics. He is one of Australia’s leading bioinformatics researchers, recognized as a Highly Cited researcher by Clarivate. His research interests include the structure and expression of plant genomes, the discovery and application of genome variation and the use of artificial intelligence to understand traits, with a focus on crop plants and accelerating crop improvement in the face of climate change. 

About the collection

Genome Biology is calling for submissions to our Collection on genomic techniques and possibilities for crop improvement. 

As the global demands for food, fiber, and bioenergy increase, harnessing the power of genomics is important for coping with these challenges sustainably.

Advances in sequencing technologies allow for efficient genome assembly for crops with complex ploidy. This generates valuable genomic resources for analyzing the genome at higher resolution, exploring the impact of genetic variants on the phenotypes in the field, elucidating the genetic basis of the agricultural traits, tracing the domestication history, and editing the genome, which provides exciting novel insights into crop genome biology and the opportunities for translating the findings from the lab to the field.  

This collection is calling for submissions on “Genomics for crop improvement”. We aim to advance our understanding of the crop genomics underlying improvement strategies for breeding.

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There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles, Method, Short Report, Review, and Database Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines

To submit your manuscript to this Collection, please use our online submission system and indicate in your covering letter that you would like the article to be considered for inclusion in the "Genomics for crop improvement" Collection.

All articles submitted to Collections are peer reviewed in line with the journal’s standard peer review policy and are subject to all of the journal’s standard editorial and publishing policies. This includes the journal’s policy on competing interests. 

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 Editor or Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.