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Speed Breeding in Crops

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

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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. Camellia oleifera, an essential woody oil tree in China, propagates through grafting. However, in production, it has been found that the interaction between rootstocks and scions may affect fruit characteristics....

    Authors: Fan Yang, Yuhuan Zhou, Jiayi Du, Kailiang Wang, Leyan Lv and Wei Long
    Citation: Plant Methods 2024 20:23
  2. Lentil is an important pulse that contributes to global food security and the sustainability of farming systems. Hence, it is important to increase the production of this crop, especially in the context of cli...

    Authors: Mohammed Mitache, Aziz Baidani, Bouchaib Bencharki and Omar Idrissi
    Citation: Plant Methods 2024 20:9
  3. Strategies to understand meiotic processes have relied on cytogenetic and mutant analysis. However, thus far in vitro meiosis induction is a bottleneck to laboratory-based plant breeding as factor(s) that swit...

    Authors: Tanner M. Cook, Eva Biswas, Somak Dutta, Siddique I. Aboobucker, Sara Hazinia and Thomas Lübberstedt
    Citation: Plant Methods 2024 20:7
  4. Single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) measurements of gene expression show great promise for studying the cellular heterogeneity of rice roots. How precisely annotating cell identity is a major unresolved pro...

    Authors: Hao Wang, Yu-Nan Lin, Shen Yan, Jing-Peng Hong, Jia-Rui Tan, Yan-Qing Chen, Yong-Sheng Cao and Wei Fang
    Citation: Plant Methods 2023 19:119
  5. Crop breeding should be accelerated to address global warming and climate change. Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is a major food crop. Speed breeding (SB) and speed vernalization (SV) techniques for spring and wint...

    Authors: Jin-Kyung Cha, Hyeonjin Park, Changhyun Choi, Youngho Kwon, So-Myeong Lee, Ki-Won Oh, Jong-Min Ko, Soon-Wook Kwon and Jong-Hee Lee
    Citation: Plant Methods 2023 19:118
  6. Common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) provide important protein and calories globally. Anthracnose (Colletotrichum lindemuthianum (Sacc. & Magnus) Briosi & Cavara, 1889) is a major disease in common bean and cause...

    Authors: Marysia Zaleski-Cox, Phillip N. Miklas, Alvaro Soler-Garzón and Valerio Hoyos-Villegas
    Citation: Plant Methods 2023 19:102
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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