About this Research Topic
The world now is facing more severe problems than ever with continuously increasing global demands for food and energy constrained by resources on the Earth. Plant reproduction is crucial not only for producing offspring but also for increasing crop quality and yield. Moreover, plant reproduction entails complex growth and development processes, which provide many opportunities for elucidating fundamental principles in biology. The field of plant reproduction covers a variety of important issues in plant biology, ranging from flowering induction, floral meristem identity, and floral organ identity to floral organogenesis, from meiosis to male and female gametogenesis (including anther, ovule, and pollen development), from pollination, self-incompatibility, fertilization, embryogenesis, seed development, to fruit development, from imprinting to evolution of reproductive systems, from male sterility and apomixis to modern molecular breeding. The combinational employment of molecular genetic approaches and emerging technologies, such as florescence-based imaging techniques, microarray, and next generation sequencing, unprecedentedly advances studies on all reproductive processes in both model plants and a variety of other plant species, including crops and trees. In this Research Topic, we welcome you to submit reviews, perspective articles, original research articles, and method articles that highlight exciting progress in the field of plant reproduction.
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