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Eggplant Breeding and Genetics

Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.), generally known as brinjal in South Asia, is mainly a vegetable cultivated for its fleshy fruits. In the last several decades, eggplant breeding has evolved from an isolated field activity focused on enhancing a few characteristics to becoming a collaborative and highly technical process with the application of genomics and biotechnological approaches. In the past, Eggplant breeders have taken advantage of the synteny between the genomes of Eggplant, Pepper, and Tomato to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their breeding efforts, but with the availability of high-resolution genomes of Eggplant, this has changed recently. Eggplant breeders are now working with numerous varietal kinds being produced year-round in several countries, after starting with hundreds of progenies selected primarily for quantitative and qualitative yield. Eggplants, on the other hand, offer more potential for future research. Improving fruit quality, raising yield performance through heterosis breeding, and introducing pest and disease resistance from wild relatives are the primary aims of the eggplant breeding programme. Asia and Europe are home to various germplasm resources that have tremendous promise for genetic improvement and enhancement. The goal of this special issue, in particular, is to address the implications of genetics and breeding of Eggplant, including the application of biotechnological and genomics approaches for Eggplant improvement. Researchers are invited to submit original research results and review and viewpoint pieces to this issue.

Dr. Prashant Kaushik

Kikugawa Research Station, Yokohama Ueki, 2265, Kamo, Kikugawa City, Shizuoka 439-0031, Japan

Dr. Prashant Kaushik

Guest Editor








Molecular Markers

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2022

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