Specialty Chief Editor
Plant Genetics and Epigenetics
This section aims to reflect current rapid progress in the fields of plant genetics, epigenetics, and increase in understanding of associated chromatin structure and chromosome biology problems, including, e.g., the characterisation of factors of chromosome stability. The major breakthroughs in plant genetics and genomics include a broad application of highly-throughput approaches of the next-generation and third-generation sequencing to elucidate composition and arrangement of plant chromosomes, including those of important crops. In addition to the development of the knowledge, the last decade witnessed also the unprecedented expansion of active interventions in the structure of chromosomes using approaches to the targeted gene and chromosome editing, or editing of epigenetic marks to ensure that plant research meets expectations in the areas of food (and the other plant products) security in times of global climate change.
As plant development and responses to environmental changes are shaped by epigenetic reprogramming of gene expression, this area of research is the subject of enormous interest to understand the interplay among writers, readers and erasers of epigenetic marks. This field is also being driven by high-throughput approaches such as Hi-C, ATAC-Seq, MNase-Seq and ChIP-Seq. The spectrum of epigenetic marks and mechanisms has significantly enriched in recent decades and, in addition to DNA methylation, histone modifications and variants, or chromatin remodelling, now includes also activities driven by non-coding RNAs and the rapidly evolving field of epitranscriptomics. The interplay of several marks and mechanisms can be well observed not only in the regulation of gene activity, but also in ensuring the function of essential domains of chromosomes formed by non-coding regions of the genome, such as centromeres and telomeres.
Please consider the quality and content requirements for experimental studies as listed below
Quantitative analysis needs to be performed on a minimum number of 3 biological replicates in order to enable an assessment of significance. This includes quantitative omics studies (transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics) as well as phenotypic measurements, quantitative assays, and qPCR expression analysis. Studies that do not comply with these replication requirements will not be considered for review.
Studies falling into the categories below will not be considered for review, unless they are expanded and provide insight into the biological system or process being studied:
i) Descriptive collection of transcripts, proteins or metabolites, including comparative sets as a result of different conditions or treatments;
ii) Descriptive studies that define gene families using basic phylogenetics and the assignment of cursory functional attributions (e.g. expression profiles, hormone or metabolites levels, promoter analysis, informatic parameters).
Studies using transgenic or mutants lines (plants and algae) should be based on data from multiple independent alleles (at least 2) displaying a similar phenotype. Examples include T-DNA, transposon, RNAi, CRISPR/Cas9, chemically induced, overexpressors, reporter fusions (GUS, FPs, LUC) etc. Qualitative data can be presented from a single allele but should be indicative of observations from multiple alleles which should be explicitly stated in the text. Quantitative data should be derived from multiple alleles (at least 2) and should be displayed separately for each allele (with at least 3 independent replications for each allele). Studies reporting single alleles may be considered acceptable when:
i) Complementation via transformation is used for confirmation;
ii) The allele has been previously characterized and published and is representative of multiple independent lines;
iii) Systems where genetic transformation is difficult or not yet possible, alternative evidence should be presented supporting the reported allele.
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Plant Genetics, Epigenetics and Chromosome Biology welcomes submissions of the following article types: Correction, Data Report, Editorial, Erratum, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Review, Systematic Review, Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Plant Genetics, Epigenetics and Chromosome Biology, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
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