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Everything Edamame: Biology, Production, Nutrition, Sensory and Economics

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Edamame, also called vegetable soybean, has shown a vigorous increase in worldwide demand over the past two decades because it contains all the essential amino acids and delivers higher protein content to humans than any other plant food. However, there is limited information available regarding edamame research and production updates. To ensure adequate production to meet the needs of the edamame supply chain, contributing to a sustainable specialty crop industry, an interdisciplinary strategy is required to assemble knowledge from different expertise. This Research Topic aims to provide comprehensive reviews, timely knowledge, and the latest achievements of this specialty crop, in multiple disciplines, to expose the impact of the edamame value chain across the agriculture industry and human health.

The objectives of this Research Topic are 1) to integrate the experts across disciplines to discuss the utilization of innovative research approaches and emerging technologies in addressing critical challenges to enhance edamame productivity and sustainability toward a nutritional and functional vegetable crop for the food industry, and 2) to provide a beneficial resource to researchers and producers who are dedicated on edamame production and economists who value the edamame supply chain as an example for new crops development. Contributors are welcome to submit Original Research, Opinions, and Review Articles in a broad area relevant to edamame breeding, production, and nutrition evaluation.

Authors are invited to submit a manuscript that includes, but not limited to the following aspects of edamame research:
· Genetics and genomics such as linkage mapping, QTL analysis and genome-wide association studies for marker-assisted selection.
· Molecular biology such as gene discovery and functional analysis toward biotic and abiotic stress
· Phenomics using advanced technologies such as drones combined with machine learning.
· Agronomy such as breeding, entomology, pathology and weed management.
· Nutritional properties, such as analysis of sucrose, aroma, and alanine for human health.
· Sensory evaluation of edamame.
· Economic importance of new crops using edamame as an example.

Please note that descriptive studies that report responses of growth, yield, or quality to agronomical or postharvest treatments will not be considered for Frontiers in Plant Science if they do not progress physiological understanding of these responses.


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Edamame, also called vegetable soybean, has shown a vigorous increase in worldwide demand over the past two decades because it contains all the essential amino acids and delivers higher protein content to humans than any other plant food. However, there is limited information available regarding edamame research and production updates. To ensure adequate production to meet the needs of the edamame supply chain, contributing to a sustainable specialty crop industry, an interdisciplinary strategy is required to assemble knowledge from different expertise. This Research Topic aims to provide comprehensive reviews, timely knowledge, and the latest achievements of this specialty crop, in multiple disciplines, to expose the impact of the edamame value chain across the agriculture industry and human health.

The objectives of this Research Topic are 1) to integrate the experts across disciplines to discuss the utilization of innovative research approaches and emerging technologies in addressing critical challenges to enhance edamame productivity and sustainability toward a nutritional and functional vegetable crop for the food industry, and 2) to provide a beneficial resource to researchers and producers who are dedicated on edamame production and economists who value the edamame supply chain as an example for new crops development. Contributors are welcome to submit Original Research, Opinions, and Review Articles in a broad area relevant to edamame breeding, production, and nutrition evaluation.

Authors are invited to submit a manuscript that includes, but not limited to the following aspects of edamame research:
· Genetics and genomics such as linkage mapping, QTL analysis and genome-wide association studies for marker-assisted selection.
· Molecular biology such as gene discovery and functional analysis toward biotic and abiotic stress
· Phenomics using advanced technologies such as drones combined with machine learning.
· Agronomy such as breeding, entomology, pathology and weed management.
· Nutritional properties, such as analysis of sucrose, aroma, and alanine for human health.
· Sensory evaluation of edamame.
· Economic importance of new crops using edamame as an example.

Please note that descriptive studies that report responses of growth, yield, or quality to agronomical or postharvest treatments will not be considered for Frontiers in Plant Science if they do not progress physiological understanding of these responses.


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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