About this Research Topic
Our understanding of the biology crops is widening rapidly, thanks to the availability of a flurry of new genomic and transcriptomic data, which are feeding public data repositories and creating avenues for asking new questions and probing new biotechnological approaches. The proteomics of plants also benefits enormously from these advances, and the range of plants subjected to proteome analysis extends far beyond model species such as Arabidopsis, rice, wheat and tobacco. With this new collection of articles on Proteomics of Biofuel Crops, we want to provide a venue for articles dedicated to explore the use of proteomics approaches to uncover the potential of biofuel crops such as oil palm, canola, castor, Jatropha curcas, sugarcane, cotton seeds, soybean, sunflower, switchgrass, etc., as source of raw material for the production of biofuels.
The lack of basic knowledge regarding the biosynthetic pathways leading to compounds relevant to biofuel production, and a lack of studies to exploit the economic potential of the residues resulting from the extraction of the relevant biofuel source, are major hurdles that can be tackled through proteomics. Also, the effects of climate change, environmental and biological stresses are major factors impairing the productivity of biofuel crops. We believe that the new proteomics and bioinformatics tools currently available to the plant proteomics community offer opportunities for tackling these issues to pave the way for sustainable uses of natural resources. Review and opinion articles dealing with these issues will also be welcome.
This Research Topic intends to give emphasis to studies that use the latest bioinformatics and proteomics tools to shed light on biological issues facing biofuel crops. Articles dealing with, but not limited to, the following aspects will be welcome:
- Discovery-driven proteomics aiming at proteins with biotechnological
- Discovery driven proteomics to elucidate responses to abiotic and biotic factors;
- Plant proteostasis;
- Targeted proteomics to detect and quantify low abundant proteins;
- Subcellular and spatial proteomics;
- Proteomics applications in plant breeding;
- Post-translational modification of proteins;
- Sample preparation and other plant proteomics techniques;
- New mass spectrometry-based acquisition methods.
Please note that descriptive collections of proteins will not be considered for review unless they are expanded and provide mechanistic and/or physiological insights into the biological system or process being studied.
Keywords: Proteomics, Biofuel Crops
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