About this Research Topic
Another interesting aspect of NUS is that, thanks to their genetic constitution and metabolic composition, they can originate derived products having an extremely high added value. Many neglected and underutilized crops have been used as plant derived products primarily used for flavoring, coloring, or preserving food but also in traditional medicine and rituals and for the production of cosmetics.
This Research Topic aims to increase the current knowledge on genetics, epigenetics and metabolic aspects of minor, neglected or underutilized crops, specifically spices and aromatic plants, which is a fundamental step in order to add value to these crops, especially for cultivation in marginal areas, supporting food production and diversification, increasing agriculture resilience and sustainability, potentially producing high added value products as spices, medicines and cosmetics.
Plants of interest are spices and aromatics plants include the following:
- Saffron, vanilla, garlic, chili pepper, rosemary, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric.
Topics of interest include the following:
- Discovery of useful genes and markers for adaptation and breeding purposes;
- Discovery of useful epialleles for adaptation and breeding purposes;
- Discovery of functional genes involved in plant stress responses;
- Genetic, epigenetic and metabolic characterization in response to environmental stress conditions.
Descriptive studies, including those using omics approaches, will not be considered for review unless they address further insights into genetic and epigenetic functional aspects of minor and neglected crops.
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