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Call for papers: Genome editing in plants

Guest Editor: Prof Yuriko Osakabe

Advances in genome editing technology and its promising applications have had a great impact on basic science, medical research, and agricultural science. A number of approaches to genome editing have been developed. Particularly the CRISPR/Cas9 system, has given scientists the ability to make precise changes in the genomes ranging from animals to plants. In addition, CRISPR-based base editing and epigenetic editing greatly expand the genome editing toolbox. The application would enable the development of future molecular technologies for important properties in animal and plants. 

BMC Biotechnology, in collaboration with BMC Plant Biology, has agreed to jointly host this special issue.  To present the recent advances in the technology and application of genome editing, we invite you and/or members of your research team to submit manuscript(s) for this special issue.

We are seeking submissions of original research articles, methodology article, database article, software article, commentary articles, and invited review article.

We would welcome direct submission of any original research you would like to be considered. Please submit directly to BMC Biotechnology or BMC Plant Biology stating in your cover letter that you are targeting the ‘Genome editing ' collection

Deadline for submission to the collection: 30th June 2019. 

  1. Peanut is an important legume crop growing worldwide. With the published allotetraploid genomes, further functional studies of the genes in peanut are very critical for crop improvement. CRISPR/Cas9 system is ...

    Authors: Hongmei Shu, Ziliang Luo, Ze Peng and Jianping Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:417

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The non-coding small RNA tRFs (tRNA-derived fragments) and phasiRNAs (plant-specific) exert important roles in plant growth, development and stress resistances. However, whether the tRFs and phasiRNAs respond ...

    Authors: Wei Luan, Ya Dai, Xin-Yu Li, Yan Wang, Xiang Tao, Cai-Xia Li, Ping Mao and Xin-Rong Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:320

    Content type: Research article

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  3. The development of CRISPR/Cas9 technology has facilitated targeted mutagenesis in an efficient and precise way. Previously, RNAi silencing of the susceptibility (S) gene PowderyMildewResistance 4 (PMR4) in tomato...

    Authors: Miguel I. Santillán Martínez, Valentina Bracuto, Eleni Koseoglou, Michela Appiano, Evert Jacobsen, Richard G. F. Visser, Anne-Marie A. Wolters and Yuling Bai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:284

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Tobacco seed oil could be used as an appropriate feedstock for biodiesel production. However, the high linoleic acid content of tobacco seed oil makes it susceptible to oxidation. Altering the fatty acid profi...

    Authors: Yinshuai Tian, Kai Chen, Xiao Li, Yunpu Zheng and Fang Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:233

    Content type: Research article

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  5. CRISPR/Cas has recently become a widely used genome editing tool in various organisms, including plants. Applying CRISPR/Cas often requires delivering multiple expression units into plant and hence there is a ...

    Authors: Florian Hahn, Andrey Korolev, Laura Sanjurjo Loures and Vladimir Nekrasov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:179

    Content type: Methodology article

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  6. Shoot branching is an important trait of plants that allows them to adapt to environment changes. Strigolactones (SLs) are newly identified plant hormones that inhibit shoot branching in plants. The SL biosynt...

    Authors: Chong Ren, Yuchen Guo, Junhua Kong, Fatma Lecourieux, Zhanwu Dai, Shaohua Li and Zhenchang Liang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:47

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  7. Soybean (Glycine max) is an economically important oil and protein crop. Plant height is a key trait that significantly impacts the yield of soybean; however, research on the molecular mechanisms associated with ...

    Authors: Qun Cheng, Lidong Dong, Tong Su, Tingyu Li, Zhuoran Gan, Haiyang Nan, Sijia Lu, Chao Fang, Lingping Kong, Haiyang Li, Zhihong Hou, Kun Kou, Yang Tang, Xiaoya Lin, Xiaohui Zhao, Liyu Chen…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:562

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The invasive fruit pest Drosophila suzukii was reported for the first time in Europe and the USA in 2008 and has spread since then. The adoption of type II clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat...

    Authors: Hassan M. M. Ahmed, Luisa Hildebrand and Ernst A. Wimmer

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:85

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Application of the CRISPR/Cas9 system or its derived base editors enables targeted genome modification, thereby providing a programmable tool to exploit gene functions and to improve crop traits.

    Authors: Wen Xu, Wei Song, Yongxing Yang, Ying Wu, Xinxin Lv, Shuang Yuan, Ya Liu and Jinxiao Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:511

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Genetic mutations cause severe human diseases, and suitable animal models to study the regulatory mechanisms involved are required. The CRISPR/Cas9 system is a powerful, highly efficient and easily manipulated...

    Authors: Guoxing Zheng, Qingqing Zhu, Junchao Dong, Xin Lin and Chengming Zhu

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:74

    Content type: Research article

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  11. PDX1.2 has recently been shown to be a regulator of vitamin B6 biosynthesis in plants and is implicated in biotic and abiotic stress resistance. PDX1.2 expression is strongly and rapidly induced by heat stress. I...

    Authors: Elisa Dell’Aglio, Ivan Dalvit, Sylvain Loubéry and Teresa B. Fitzpatrick

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:464

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The CRISPR-Cas9 system is a powerful and versatile tool for crop genome editing. However, achieving highly efficient and specific editing in polyploid species can be a challenge. The efficiency and specificity...

    Authors: Taj Arndell, Niharika Sharma, Peter Langridge, Ute Baumann, Nathan S. Watson-Haigh and Ryan Whitford

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:71

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Wheat grains contain gluten proteins, which harbour immunogenic epitopes that trigger Coeliac disease in 1–2% of the human population. Wheat varieties or accessions containing only safe gluten have not been id...

    Authors: Aurélie Jouanin, Jan G. Schaart, Lesley A. Boyd, James Cockram, Fiona J. Leigh, Ruth Bates, Emma J. Wallington, Richard G. F. Visser and Marinus J. M. Smulders

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:333

    Content type: Research article

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  14. CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing is now revolutionizing the ability to effectively modify plant genomes in the absence of efficient homologous recombination mechanisms that exist in other organisms. However, soybean i...

    Authors: Phat T. Do, Cuong X. Nguyen, Hien T. Bui, Ly T. N. Tran, Gary Stacey, Jason D. Gillman, Zhanyuan J. Zhang and Minviluz G. Stacey

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:311

    Content type: Research article

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  15. The oilseed Camelina sativa is grown for a range of applications, including for biofuel, biolubricants, and as a source of omega-3 fatty acids for the aquaculture feed industry. The seed meal co-product is used a...

    Authors: Wendy J. Lyzenga, Myrtle Harrington, Diana Bekkaoui, Merek Wigness, Dwayne D. Hegedus and Kevin L. Rozwadowski

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:292

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Natural variations in a genome can drastically alter the CRISPR-Cas9 off-target landscape by creating or removing sites. Despite the resulting potential side-effects from such unaccounted for sites, current of...

    Authors: Laurence O. W. Wilson, Sara Hetzel, Christopher Pockrandt, Knut Reinert and Denis C. Bauer

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:40

    Content type: Software

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  17. CRISPR/Cas9 is widely used for precise genetic editing in various organisms. CRISPR/Cas9 editing may in many plants be hampered by the presence of complex and high ploidy genomes and inefficient or poorly cont...

    Authors: Bent Larsen Petersen, Svenning Rune Möller, Jozef Mravec, Bodil Jørgensen, Mikkel Christensen, Ying Liu, Hans H. Wandall, Eric Paul Bennett and Zhang Yang

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:36

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Classical plant breeding was extremely successful in generating high yielding crop varieties. Yet, in modern crops, the long domestication process has impoverished the genetic diversity available for breeding....

    Authors: Felix Wolter, Patrick Schindele and Holger Puchta

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:176

    Content type: Review

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  19. Increasing the content of oleic acid in peanut seeds is one of the major goals in peanut breeding due to consumer and industry benefits, such as anti-oxidation and long shelf-life. Homeologous ahFAD2A and ahFAD2B

    Authors: Mei Yuan, Jun Zhu, Limin Gong, Liangqiong He, Crystal Lee, Suoyi Han, Charles Chen and Guohao He

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:24

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  20. Gossypium hirsutum L. is grown worldwide and is the largest source of natural fiber crop. We focus on exploring the favorable alleles (FAs) for upland cotton varieties improvement, and further understanding the h...

    Authors: Panhong Dai, Yuchen Miao, Shoupu He, Zhaoe Pan, Yinhua Jia, Yingfan Cai, Junling Sun, Liru Wang, Baoyin Pang, Mi Wang and Xiongming Du

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:138

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The plant architecture has significant effects on grain yield of various crops, including soybean (Glycine max), but the knowledge on optimization of plant architecture in order to increase yield potential is sti...

    Authors: Aili Bao, Haifeng Chen, Limiao Chen, Shuilian Chen, Qingnan Hao, Wei Guo, Dezhen Qiu, Zhihui Shan, Zhonglu Yang, Songli Yuan, Chanjuan Zhang, Xiaojuan Zhang, Baohui Liu, Fanjiang Kong, Xia Li, Xinan Zhou…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:131

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Two-line hybrid rice with high yield potential is increasingly popular and the photo- and temperature-sensitive male sterile line is one of the basic components for two-line hybrid rice breeding. The developme...

    Authors: Hirendra Nath Barman, Zhonghua Sheng, Sajid Fiaz, Min Zhong, Yawen Wu, Yicong Cai, Wei Wang, Guiai Jiao, Shaoqing Tang, Xiangjin Wei and Peisong Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:109

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Recent innovation in the field of genome engineering encompasses numerous levels of plant genome engineering which attract the substantial excitement of plant biologist worldwide. RNA-guided CRISPR Cas9 system...

    Authors: Noor al Amin, Naveed Ahmad, Nan Wu, Xiumin Pu, Tong Ma, Yeyao Du, Xiaoxue Bo, Nan Wang, Rahat Sharif and Piwu Wang

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:9

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Biotechnology 2020 20:42

  24. NPR1, nonexpressor of pathogenesis-related gene 1, is a master regulator involved in plant defense response to pathogens, and its regulatory mechanism in the defense pathway has been relatively clear. However, in...

    Authors: Rui Li, Chunxue Liu, Ruirui Zhao, Liu Wang, Lin Chen, Wenqing Yu, Shujuan Zhang, Jiping Sheng and Lin Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:38

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Genetic engineering technology such as clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 system provides a powerful tool for developing disease models and determining gene functions. Rece...

    Authors: Kiyoung Eun, Min Gi Park, Yeon Woo Jeong, Yeon Ik Jeong, Sang-Hwan Hyun, Woo Suk Hwang, Sung-Hak Kim and Hyunggee Kim

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:1

    Content type: Research article

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  26. CRISPR/Cas9 technology is one of the most powerful and useful tools for genome editing in various living organisms. In higher plants, the system has been widely exploited not only for basic research, such as g...

    Authors: Masahiro Nishihara, Atsumi Higuchi, Aiko Watanabe and Keisuke Tasaki

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:331

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Recently, the CRISPR/Cas9 system has been widely used to precisely edit plant genomes. Due to the difficulty in Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation of wheat, the reported applications in CRISPR/Cas9 sys...

    Authors: Shujuan Zhang, Rongzhi Zhang, Guoqi Song, Jie Gao, Wei Li, Xiaodong Han, Mingli Chen, Yulian Li and Genying Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:302

    Content type: Research article

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