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Biology of plant fruit, seed and tuberous tissues: An important topic in food security

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With the increase in world population and the development of industrialization, food supply has been a serious challenge all over the world. Hence producing enough and affordable food is becoming more and more important. As autotrophic organisms, plants, especially crops and fruits, provide more than half of ...

With the increase in world population and the development of industrialization, food supply has been a serious challenge all over the world. Hence producing enough and affordable food is becoming more and more important. As autotrophic organisms, plants, especially crops and fruits, provide more than half of the food resources for human beings. Outside of the traditional cereals, tuberous crops, such as the potato and lotus, are also the most important sources of food. Studies of crops and fruits have become one of the major concerns in the scientific community.

The availability of genome information for more and more crops and fruits has driven their molecular genetic studies forward dramatically. Most of the studies have focused on the growth and stress response aspects, with the goal of increasing yield. However, as the major consumable tissues, fruit, seed and tuberous tissues have been paid much less attention in the past. Fortunately, in the last decade, more and more studies focusing on the biology of fruit, seed and tuberous tissues were conducted, which makes it a fast developing area of scientific research. Progress in this field will undoubtedly help to release the pressure of food security.

In the post-genomic era, studies at different levels of omics, such as transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolimics, have proven to be powerful in elucidating the mechanisms of many biological activities. Based on these backgrounds, we propose the current Research Topic, focusing on the topic of “Biology of plant fruit, seed and tuberous tissues: An important topic in food security”. The aim of this Research Topic is to bring the efforts involved in the biology of plant fruit, seed and tuberous tissues together and provide an overview of the current advances and future perspectives in this field, especially with the -omic strategy. The relevant scientists around the world are welcome to contribute to this Research Topic. Reviews, original research papers, and technical notes are all welcome.


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