The world's most-cited Plant Sciences journal
Plant Breeding publishes major discoveries contributing to the understanding and progress of modern plant breeding, providing a single platform for articles that address plant improvement through breeding and related subjects. Hence, topics covered by this section include, but are not limited to:
· Contemporary methods of plant breeding
· Germplasm characterization and utilization
· Marker assisted breeding
· Genetics and genomics of traits of interest in crops
Population structure studies will be considered for review in the section only if accompanied by association studies, or other relevant analysis. A focus on applications is desirable, but the section is also open to fundamental science articles as long as they are of direct relevance to plant breeding.
Please consider the quality and content requirements for experimental studies as listed below
Trait Mapping and Association Studies
· Manuscripts on QTL mapping, by any method, require a dense marker coverage (tentatively N > 100 depending on the population size). Deviations from these requirements should be well-justified and explained in the cover letter.
· Manuscripts on genomic selection (GWAS) generally require relatively big sample sizes (tentatively N > 200) and precise information about the structure of the population due to relatedness and/or ancestral structure. Deviations from these requirements should be well-justified and explained in the cover letter.
· Phenotyping of complex quantitative traits must be conducted in at least 3 independent test environments, which can be the result of any combination of year/season with location (field, location, greenhouse, and/or growth chamber), and each test environment should consist of at least 3 replicates. Deviations from these requirements should be well-justified and explained in the cover letter.
· Reports of novel resistance genes or alleles must be accompanied by allelism tests in the appropriate segregating progenies. The novel resistance source should preferably be deposited to one or more internationally accessible germplasm repositories without usage restrictions.
· Datasets should be deposited in publicly available repositories (where available and appropriate) with an appropriate data citation, or presented in the main manuscript or additional supporting files whenever possible. Datasets that are assigned digital object identifiers (DOIs) by a data repository can be cited in the reference list.
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Plant Breeding welcomes submissions of the following article types: Correction, Editorial, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective and Review.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Plant Breeding, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Plant Breeding will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Plant Science.