About this Research Topic
The goal of this Research Topic is to gain a better understanding of cryopreservation of plant species which produce recalcitrant seeds (desiccation sensitive), no adequate seeds for banking, seeds that are short lived in storage and clonally propagated crops that are threatened with imminent extinction. Cryopreservation technique is a superior method of storage of plant tissues (e.g., pollen, seeds, shoot tips, dormant buds etc.) at ultralow temperatures in liquid nitrogen (-196°C). At this temperature, all cellular, metabolic and biochemical events come to a virtual halt, and the plant material can be conserved long-term, without any change or deterioration. Although several cryo-protocols have been developed and reported in varied plant species, their large-scale applicability in gene banks is limited to very few genera. There is still further need for new and improved protocols for realizing the full potential of cryopreservation for conservation of the vast plant diversity.
The scope of this Research Topic encompasses work focus on developing new and improved cryo-protocols for agricultural, horticulture, endangered and overlooked plant species. We are interested in short communication, reviews, and research articles. Potential studies includes but not limited to following:
- bulbous and related crops
- medicinal and aromatic plants
- spices, industrial crops
- temperate and minor fruits
- tropical fruits
- tuber crops
- forestry and agroforestry species
- threatened species
Further, we also invite fundamental studies (physiology, biochemistry, omics etc.) related to changes occurring during the process of plant cryopreservation.
Keywords: clonally propagated crops, ex situ conservation, liquid nitrogen, plant diversity, recalcitrant seeds, vitrification
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