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Durum Wheat: Ancient Crop, Modern Challenges

Durum wheat (Triticum durum Desf.) cultivation dates back to the origin of human civilization in the Levantine, and from there it spread to all corners of the World. It is both a staple crop for smallholder farmers, and a cash crop when its harvest is linked with the industrial transformation to pasta, couscous, Dalia, and burghul.

In this special edition dedicated to durum wheat, we would like to gather the expertise of the best research groups around the World to deliver 10–15 articles that will span the whole spectrum of durum wheat applied research. We are aiming to gather excellent research articles in the following topics/subject areas:









We will accept articles that present results from at least two seasons and/or two treatments for physiology, pre-breeding, and agronomy, or five environments for G + G × E studies. We are open to any type of submission concerning durum wheat, as long as novel and interesting conclusions are presented and supported by statistically significant results. All publications will be open access and immediately available online. Publication fees will be fully waived for papers submitted to this special issue.

Dr. Filippo Maria Bassi
Dr. Gemma Molero

Guest Editors

Submission Deadline: 31 January 2021

Online Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online through Hapres Online Submission System. Please visit Guide for Authors before submitting a manuscript. Authors are encouraged to submit a paper as soon as it is ready and don’t need to wait until the deadline. Submissions will be sent to peer-review in order of arrival. Accepted papers will be published continuously in Crop Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (CBGG) and then gathered together on the special issue webpage. If interested to contribute, please submit a 200–300 words pitch to the Editorial Office indicating a tentative title, authors, and key points of the study for pre-approval.

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Guest Editors

  • Dr. Filippo Maria Bassi

    International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), Rabat, Morocco

  • Dr. Gemma Molero

    International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), El Batan, Mexico

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