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Call for papers - Omics technologies and applications in horticultural crops

Guest Editors

Yunpeng Cao, PhD, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Mohammad Shah Jahan, PhD, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Bangladesh

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 13 December 2024

BMC Plant Biology invites submissions to the Collection Omics technologies and applications in horticultural crops. This Collection focuses on the development and applications of omics technologies in horticultural crops, seeking to highlight the relevance and innovations of (meta-)genomics, (meta-)transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, phenomics and ionomics in horticultural crop biology, as well as how they can be leveraged to improve horticultural crops

New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 2: Zero Hunger

Meet the Guest Editors

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Yunpeng Cao, PhD, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Dr Cao is an associate Professor at the Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interests are in the fields of horticulture crop genetics, molecular biology, and genomics, including but not limited to the following three aspects: gene mining and function identification, genetic mechanism of fruit quality traits, and molecular breeding. Dr Cao serves as an editorial board member for several eminent journals including BMC Plant Biology and BMC Genomics.

Mohammad Shah Jahan, PhD, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Bangladesh

Dr Shah Jahan currently holds the position of Associate Professor at Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU). His research focuses on understanding the physiological and molecular mechanisms of horticultural crops in adapting to abiotic stress conditions. He employs hormones and biostimulants for this purpose. Dr Jahan's work primarily revolves around identifying new genes responsible for stress tolerance mechanisms in plants, using integrated omics techniques. He also investigates the role of phytohormones in sugar metabolism. Recently, he has been studying secondary metabolites responsible for different pigmentation in plants such as yam and aroids.

About the Collection

The advent of high-throughput omics techniques has revolutionized our understanding of the intricate molecular mechanisms underlying plant growth, development, and stress responses. Continuing to advance our understanding of omics technologies in horticulture research is crucial. Omics technologies indeed allow us to reveal the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying key traits and regulatory responses in horticultural crops, thereby facilitating targeted breeding efforts towards horticultural varieties and germplasms with enhanced agronomic traits, nutritional quality and stress resilience. Moreover, interdisciplinary research that integrates omics approaches with fields such as computational biology, bioinformatics, and systems biology, can provide a ‘holistic picture’ on key genes and regulatory pathways e.g. involved in fruit ripening, and disease and abiotic stress tolerance. These studies are essential to develop novel breeding strategies and sustainable agriculture practices.

Omics approaches hold great potential to substantially advance horticultural crop research, including personalized crop breeding tailored to specific environmental conditions, the discovery of novel bioactive compounds, and the optimization of crop management practices for sustainable production systems. In support of the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goal SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), BMC Plant Biology invites submissions to the Collection Omics technologies and applications in horticultural crop research. This Collection focuses on the development and applications of omics technologies in horticultural crops, seeking to highlight the relevance and innovations of (meta-)genomics, (meta-)transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, phenomics and ionomics in horticultural crop biology, as well as how they can be leveraged to improve horticultural crops.

We invite researchers and experts in the field to submit research articles that explore, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Application and integration of omics technologies (e.g. genomics, meta-genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, proteomics) for horticultural crop improvement
  • Omics technologies and breeding of horticultural crops
  • Enhancing horticultural crops through multi-omics data
  • Understanding gene functions and networks in horticultural crops by using omics tools
  • Omics technologies and approaches in precision agriculture
  • Omics technologies and applications in sustainable agriculture and plant disease control
  • Population genomics of horticultural plant pathogens
  • Multi-omics approaches applied to plant-pathogen interactions
  • Genomics-assisted breeding of horticultural crop varieties for yield improvement and disease tolerance
  • Plant phenomics and ionomics applied to horticultural crop varieties (e.g. trait characterization and improvement)
  • Integrative and emerging omics methods/approaches applied to horticultural crop research
  • Enhancing fruit traits through multi-omics approaches
  • Quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping and genome-wide association studies (GWAS) for horticultural crop breeding
  • Small RNA-omics to study regulatory networks associated with horticultural crop traits
     

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  1. Bracts are important for ornamental plants, and their developmental regulation process is complex; however, relatively little research has been conducted on bracts. In this study, physiological, biochemical an...

    Authors: Xiangdong Liu, Yaonan Peng, Qinghui Zeng, Yuwan Ma, Jin Liu, Yaqi Huang, Xiaoying Yu, Jun Luo, Yanlin Li, Meng Li and Fuxiang Cao
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:543

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 "Omics technologies and applications in horticultural 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 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.