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Call for papers - Crop breeding for drought stress tolerance

Guest Editors

Mostafa Abdelrahman, PhD, Texas Tech University, USA
Ahmad M. Alqudah, PhD, Qatar University, Qatar
Vijay Gahlaut, PhD, Chandigarh University, India
Daoquan Xiang, PhD, National Research Council Canada, Canada

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 27 December 2024

BMC Plant Biology invites submissions for the upcoming Collection focused on Crop breeding for drought stress tolerance. This Collection aims to attract original research articles that report on genetic, epigenetic, transcriptional, and metabolomic regulation associated with drought tolerance in crops and relevant for the breeding of drought stress-resilient crops. 

New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 2: Zero Hunger, and SDG 15: Life on Land.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Mostafa Abdelrahman, PhD, Texas Tech University, USA

Dr Abdelrahman is a research scientist and faculty member at the Institute of Genomics for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance at Texas Tech University (TTU). He obtained his Master’s degree in agricultural bioproduction from Yamaguchi University (Japan) and later earned a PhD in plant genetics and stress physiology from Tottori University (Japan). Dr Abdelrahman's academic journey began by analyzing defense-responsive genes in Allium and Asparagus plants using integrated metabolomic and transcriptomic approaches. He also delved into the genetic diversity of wheat and soybean populations, particularly in relation to drought and heat stress tolerance. At TTU, his research focuses on exploring plant-microbe interactions to improve crop resilience against abiotic stresses, thereby advancing our understanding and abilities in enhancing crop resilience.

Ahmad M. Alqudah, PhD, Qatar University, Qatar

Dr Alqudah is an assistant professor of plant biology and molecular genetics at Qatar University. He received his BSc and MSc in Crop Production with a focus on abiotic stress physiology from Jordan University of Science and Technology. His PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics was earned from Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg (Germany). Following that, he held positions as a postdoctoral and tenure-track researcher at various research organizations specializing in cereal genetics. Dr Alqudah has played a significant role in identifying genomic regions and genes associated with stress tolerance, using cutting-edge next-generation sequencing technology and advanced bioinformatics in genomics and transcriptomics. Additionally, he is an expert in plant molecular techniques such as gene cloning and editing.

Vijay Gahlaut, PhD, Chandigarh University, India

Dr Gahlaut is an assistant professor at the University Centre for Research & Development, Chandigarh University (India). He has 12 years of experience in research and teaching, specializing in crop biotechnology, bioinformatics, and genomics. Dr Gahlaut's research has focused on identifying genomic regions, epialleles, and candidate genes on wheat chromosomes associated with water and heat stress tolerance, employing various bioinformatic and genomic approaches. His contributions include over 50 scientific articles published in esteemed journals, as well as several book chapters. Recently, he was inducted as a Member of the National Academy of Sciences (NASI), India.

Daoquan Xiang, PhD, National Research Council Canada, Canada

Dr Xiang is a molecular biologist bringing extensive expertise to the fields of developmental biology, molecular genetics, and functional genomics, with a particular focus on seed biology, meristem, and stem cell regulation in plants. His research emphasizes plant architecture, nutritional dynamics, anti-nutritional components, and resilience mechanisms against abiotic stressors. Dr Xiang employs cutting-edge genomics methodologies, including next-generation sequencing, RNA-seq, ATAC-seq, metabolomics, and genome editing, to investigate these research areas. He also utilizes advanced genomic strategies such as single-cell genomics and high-throughput SNP genotyping. Currently, his research is dedicated to identifying and characterizing crucial regulatory genes in important crops like canola, pea, and wheat, aiming to understand their roles in seed development and agronomic traits.

About the Collection

Drought stress is becoming a growing problem in agriculture worldwide, significantly impacting crop growth and productivity. Given the recent increase in unusual and extreme climate events, such as heat waves, as well as changes in precipitation patterns and drought frequency, it is critical to investigate how plants cope with drought stress and how drought-resistant crop varieties can be developed to improve crop yield and ensure food security, especially in regions at risk of water scarcity. Interdisciplinary research can help us identifying genes and molecular pathways involved in plant responses to drought stress, which can be exploited to expedite crop breeding programs.

Although great progress has been made in revealing some of the cellular and molecular responses evolved by plants to overcome drought stress, a greater understanding of the underlying genetic and physiological mechanisms, as well as the signaling and metabolic pathways, is essential to foster breeding programs for drought-resistant crops, and achieve higher and sustainable crop yields. To address this challenge, BMC Plant Biology invites submissions for a new Collection focused on Crop breeding for drought stress tolerance. This Collection supports and amplifies research related to the United Nations’ SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 15 (Life on Land), aiming to attract research articles that report on genetic, epigenetic, transcriptional and metabolomic regulation associated with drought tolerance in crops and relevant for the breeding of drought stress-resilient crops. We invite researchers in the field to submit research articles that explore, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Identification and characterization of novel drought stress tolerance traits in crops, and their potential application to improve drought stress resilience
  • Integration of genomic selection and phenotyping technologies in crop breeding programs
  • Natural genetic diversity and variation of drought tolerance in major crops
  • Evaluation of agronomic practices and management strategies for enhancing drought resilience in crops 
  • Genetic basis and regulatory networks underlying drought stress-tolerance traits in crops
  • Molecular breeding for drought stress tolerance in crops (genetic, epigenetic, transcriptional and metabolomic approaches)
  • Physiological and biochemical mechanisms of plant responses to drought stress
  • Transcriptomic and metabolomic studies of drought-resilience in crops
  • Genome editing in plant breeding for drought tolerance
  • Application of marker-assisted selection for drought tolerance in crops
  • Quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping and genome-wide association study (GWAS) analysis for drought tolerance
  • Investigating the role of the soil microbiome in enhancing drought resilience in crops
  • Evolution of drought-resilience traits in crops and evolution of drought-resilience traits during domestication

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Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. 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 "Crop breeding for drought stress tolerance" 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 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 Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.