Special issue on abiotic stress tolerance: genetics, genomics and breeding

Published 24 March, 2022


Abiotic stresses contribute to much lower yields in crop production. Several approaches can be used to develop crop varieties that respond better to stressful environments.

Our hope is that this special issue will contribute to a better understanding of abiotic stresses and the development of improved varieties for sustainable and environment-friendly crop production.

We welcome submissions exploring these topics, including reviews, perspectives, comprehensive reports, meta-analyses and research articles. The first two categories (reviews and perspectives) are only open for invited contributions.

Topics covered:

These will include, but not be limited to:

  • Water stress (drought and flooding)
  • Extreme temperatures (heat and cold stresses)
  • Salt and salinity stresses
  • Acidic soil
  • Nitrogen and phosphorus deficiencies
  • Micronutrient deficiencies
  • Heavy metal pollution
  • Resource use efficiency (water and nutrients)

Important deadlines:

  • Submission deadline (for full papers):30 November 2022
  • Peer review: May 2022 - January 2023
  • Publication date: April 2023 (Volume 11, Issue 2)

Individual papers will be published on ScienceDirect immediately following acceptance.

Submission instructions:

Please read the Guide for Authors before submitting. All articles should be submitted online; please select the special issue “Abiotic stress tolerance”.

Manuscripts will be reviewed and published on a first-come, first-served basis. Once all accepted manuscripts are published, they will be gathered together in this special issue.

Guest Editors:

  • Dr. Yunbi Xu, Institute of Crop Sciences/CIMMYT-China, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China.Email: y.xu@cgiar.org
  • Dr. Feng Qin, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China. Email:qinfeng@cau.edu.cn
  • Dr. Chengcai Chu, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China. Email:ccchu@scau.edu.cn
  • Dr. Rajeev Varshney, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. Email:Rajeev.Varshney@murdoch.edu.au


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