OBM Genetics

(ISSN 2577-5790)

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.

Archiving: full-text archived in CLOCKSS.

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 2021, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period).

Current Issue: 2021  Archive: 2020 2019 2018 2017

Special Issue

Genetic Improvement for Sustainable Crop Production Facing the Climatic Change

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2022 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Penna Suprasanna, PhD

Former-Head, Nuclear Agriculture and Biotechnology Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085, & Professor, Homi Bhabha National Institute, India.

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Research Interests: crop biotechnology research through radiation-induced mutagenesis; plant cell and tissue culture; genomics; abiotic stress tolerance

Mohan Shri Jain, PhD

Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, PL-27, Helsinki, Finland

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Research interests: agricultural biotechnology; plant genetics; mutant analysis; micropropagation; biodiversity conservation; mutation breeding

About This Topic:

Plant breeders are handicapped in developing new improved plant varieties due to lack of availability or non-existence of desired genotypes.  There have been successful efforts to recombine the desired genes from the existed available gene pool, and develop new cultivars. The new challenges, loss of genetic diversity, climate change, human population growth, etc., continue to threaten to sustain food production.  The major factors, having a great impact on climatic change, are gaseous pollution, depletion of atmospheric ozone, increase in UV-B radiation level, increased atmospheric CO2, extreme variability of rainfall time and locations, irregular growing season lengths, intermittent dry spells, global warming, high temperatures, degradation of water and soil resources. The increase in atmospheric CO2 levels and potential global climate change can alter growth rates, distribution of weeds and insect pests, and their impact on agricultural productivity. There are visible signs of the negative impact on food and fibre production environmental services, and rural livelihoods; faced with urgent needs to improve food security, and reduce the poverty and malnutrition. There is a need for plant breeders to exploit new innovative tools, such as genetic engineering, genome editing, functional genomics, molecular marker-assisted selection and breeding, TILLING, mutagenesis, and in vitro culture techniques, genomic-enabled prediction breeding together with traditional breeding for sustaining food and nutritional security worldwide and enabling sustainability in food production.

Keywords:

Genetic diversity, climate change, genetic engineering, genome editing, functional genomics, molecular marker-breeding, TILLING, mutagenesis, genomic-enabled prediction breeding 

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