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 a variety of article types (Original Research, Review, Communication, Opinion, Comment, Conference Report, Technical Note, Book Review, 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.

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 5.1 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 17.0 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 7 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

Current Issue: 2024  Archive: 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017

Special Issue

Functional Genomics of Nutrient Metabolism in Plants

Submission Deadline: August 31, 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

Website | E-Mail

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

About This Topic

Plants are superb chemists, beyond their existentially important role in primary carbon (CO2) fixation. As sessile organisms, they cannot flee herbivores/pathogens nor seek out more nutrient-rich soils and better growth conditions. So, 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 between plants and other organisms that avail themselves of plants as hosts, or food sources? Those ‘other organisms’ can be symbionts or, at the other extreme, pathogens and herbivores. An important issue is plant chemical communication with pollinators, and potential insectivorous allies, to name two examples of byzantine relationships.

With rapidly advancing technology in both genomics and “metabolomics” we can learn much of the complex chemical relationships between plants and their biological environment, which of course also includes other plants.

The aim of the Special Issue is to feature the current status of research in plant genomics and metabolomics analyses. We especially seek innovative work in combining biological/genetic manipulation of plants and the resultant effects on chemical output of plants, and plant communities with other organisms.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office (genetics@lidsen.com) for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

Welcome your submission!