OBM Genetics is an international Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. It accepts papers addressing basic and medical aspects of genetics and epigenetics and also ethical, legal and social issues. Coverage includes clinical, developmental, diagnostic, evolutionary, genomic, mitochondrial, molecular, oncological, population and reproductive aspects. It publishes research articles, reviews, communications and technical notes, etc. There is no restriction on the length of the papers and we encourage scientists to publish their results in as much detail as possible.

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Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 8.5 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in the first half of 2019, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period).

Current Issue: 2020  Archive: 2019 2018 2017

Special Issue

Genomic and Metabolomic Tools: Twin Thruster Rockets into the Future of Plant Biology

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2020 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Joseph C. Polacco, Ph.D

Emeritus Professor, College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, and School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA

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Research Interests: Plant nitrogen and nitric oxide metabolism; genetic manipulation; functional genomicss

About This Topic

Plants are superb chemists, beyond their existentially important role in primary carbon (CO2) fixation. Sessile plants cannot flee herbivores/pathogens nor seek out more nutrient-rich soils and better growth conditions. Their survival strategies involve intense chemical communication with their biotic and abiotic environments. As a result, plants are not only a primary food source, but also the raw material for pharmaceuticals, micronutrients in human and animal nutrition, and “exotic” drugs. How can we get an overall view of the myriad chemistries of the plant world? And, how can we appreciate the cross-chemical signaling among plants and between plants and other organisms that employ plants as hosts, or food sources? The spectrum of ‘other organisms’ extends from symbionts to pathogens and herbivores. An important issue is plant chemical communication with pollinators, and potential insectivorous allies, to name two examples of byzantine relationships.

Employing the technologies of both genomics and “metabolomics” we can learn much of the complex chemical relationships between plants and their abiotic and biotic environments.

The aim of the Special Issue is to feature advances in plant genomics and metabolomics, especially their synergistic “cross talk.” We especially seek innovative work in combining biological/genetic manipulation of plants and the resultant effects on their chemical output. Such approaches will aid our understanding of plant associations with microbes, animals and other plants, and can lead to elegant metabolic engineering of plants.

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