About this Research Topic
Natural fibers are simply fibers that are not synthetic or manmade but sourced from plants. Natural fibers are gaining more attention from researchers and industries especially for the generation of polymer composites due to their high-performance profile, environmental sustainability, biodegradability, and low cost. Fiber-producing plants, such as cotton, jute, hemp, kenaf, flax, ramie, sisal, and so on, have gained considerable attention in recent decades. To date, the draft or reference whole genomes of fiber-producing plants have been released gradually. Genetic and genomic studies of fiber-producing plants would enable the development of high-throughput genome-wide-scale methodology and techniques to elucidate the molecular mechanisms and genetic basis of important agronomic or economic traits, as well as the improvement of specific traits.
This Research Topic welcomes Original Research, Reviews, Mini Reviews, Methods, Perspectives, and Opinions in all key areas of genetics, genomics, and biotechnology of natural fiber plants. All articles need to have genetic or genomic components and significant impact on breeding and other related applications of natural fiber plants.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
• Genomic studies of natural fiber plants: genomics, transcriptomics, integration of -omics and genetics.
• Phylogenomics of natural fiber plants: genomic structure and functions, proteomics, epigenomics, metabolomics.
• Gene functional studies of natural fiber plants: functions of genes combined with gene editing, gene expression, and mutation analysis.
• Population and quantitative genetics of natural fiber plants: association mapping studies covering genome-wide association studies (GWAS), quantitative trait loci (QTL), population and evolutionary genetics of natural fiber plants.
• Genetic improvement of natural fiber plants: integration of genetics and breeding, genomic selection, and applications of new breeding strategies.
• Impact of mineral nutrition, growth conditions, and (a)biotic stresses on natural fiber plants.
Keywords: Natural fiber plants, genetics, multi-omics, gene editing, phenomics
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