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Vegetable Crop Breeding and Genetics—Addressing Global Needs

As the foundation of healthy diets worldwide, vegetable crops offer essential micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals. However, myriad challenges from climate change, plant diseases, insect pests, and abiotic stresses threaten sustainable vegetable production. This special issue focuses on harnessing innovations in breeding and genetics to create resilient, nutritious vegetable crops that can fulfill rising demands.

We welcome submissions spanning diverse vegetable crop species and research themes. Priority topics include high-throughput phenotyping for complex traits, integration of genomic selection into breeding pipelines, development of climate-resilient varieties, discovery of favorable alleles and gene editing targets, hybrid breeding, microgreens, vertical farming systems, and more. Both original research articles and insightful reviews will be considered.

This special issue provides a premier platform to disseminate cutting-edge vegetable crop research, from uncovering genetic mechanisms to applying new breeding technologies like speed breeding and genomic selection. By gathering perspectives from public, private and academic sectors worldwide, we aim to accelerate genetic gain for improved yield, quality, pest resistance and stress tolerance in vegetable crops.

Ultimately this compilation of topical research will inform innovative strategies to sustainably enhance vegetable production under shifting environments and intensifying production systems. The new science, tools and insights showcased will drive progress towards nourishing an expanding global population with safe, nutritious and affordable vegetables.

Dr. Prashant Kaushik

Guest Editor


Vegetable breeding and genetics

Genomic selection

Genome editing

Climate resilience

Disease resistance

Insect pest management

Abiotic stress tolerance

Hybrid breeding

Speed breeding

High-throughput phenotyping

Nutritional quality

Protected agriculture

Vertical farming


Submission Deadline: 31 August 2024

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 Editor

  • Dr. Prashant Kaushik

    Culta Inc., Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-6018, Japan

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