Special Issue on Genetics and Genomics of Brassica Vegetables

Published 21 September, 2023

About the Special Issue

The Brassica species encompass economically important and diverse vegetables such as Chinese cabbage, pak-choi, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, swede, turnips and kohlrabi, and mustard. These vegetables are characterized by their extreme morphologies (leafy heads, enlarged midribs, curds, tubers), but are similar in growth habits, secondary metabolites, self-incompatibility, responses to biotic and abiotic stresses, appeal to cruciferous oligophagous pests, etc. In recent years, reference genome sequences have been obtained for B. rapa, B. oleracea, B. napus and B. juncea, and large collections have been resequenced, providing essential resources for comparative genomics, evolutionary analyses, and breeding. Further efforts are still needed to reveal key genes regulating vegetative growth, reproduction processes, biosynthesis of nutrients and secondary metabolites, the genetic basis of heterosis, resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses, as well as hormonal regulation of plant architecture and yield potential. Both knowledge of genetic regulation of important agronomic and quality traits, development of genetic markers, and information on genetic resources are important for the toolbox of Brassica vegetable breeders.

Horticultural Plant Journal (HPJ) would like to publish a Special Issue dedicated to the genetics and genomics of Brassica vegetables. We welcome submissions of original research articles and timely review articles covering topics include but are not limited to:

  • Germplasm resources and breeding
  • Genomics and genome evolution
  • Molecular biology of important biological traits
  • Resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses
  • Reproduction processes

Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed and selected based on scientific merit and relevance. By publishing in this Special Issue, authors will reach a broad international audience and share their discoveries with the global Brassica research community.

Important Date

Deadline for submission: December 30, 2023

Tentative publication: Middle 2024

How to submit

Manuscripts should be submitted via the Editorial Manager Submission system and please indicate “Special Issue on Genetics and Genomics of Brassica Vegetables” in the title. The manuscript will undergo further peer-review and may be accepted or rejected depending on the peer-review comments.

We kindly invite you to view the HPJ website to obtain more information for the authors. Submission website: http://www.keaipublishing.com/cn/journals/horticultural-plant-journal/.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Office Email: hortjournal@163.com; Tel.: 86-10-62124615

Special Issue Editors

Guusje Bonnema


Xiaowu Wang


Qiaohong Duan


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