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Breeding and Applied Biotechnology for Perennial Crop Improvement

Call for Papers

Quality traits of fruits and nuts such as flavor, nutritional value, colour, and firmness have been increasingly important in current plant breeding programs. Fruits and vegetables provide essential nutrients in the human diet so improvement of health-related bioactive components of crops is important. However, breeding of perennial fruit and nut trees is hampered by several disadvantages compared with annual crops, such as long breeding cycles and high cost of raising individuals to maturity in the field due to large plant size and their high heterozygosity. New technologies such as marker assisted selection, next generation sequencing, whole genome sequencing for major fruit and nut species, omics research, and genome editing have opened new opportunities to overcome these disadvantages in perennial crops.

This special issue focuses on the most recent original research articles and reviews on quality breeding for crop improvement studies as well as recent efforts to improve these traits for cultivar development.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Objective and reliable methods to select health-related bioactive compounds
  • Breeding methods for perennial crop quality
  • Crop breeding: recent methods on genomic selection and genome editing on perennial crops
  • Applied biotechnology for perennial crop improvement

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 8 June 2018
Publication DateOctober 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

Guest Editors

  • Salih Kafkas, University of Çukurova, Adana, Turkey
  • Irina Petrescu, Banat’s University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Timisoara, Romania