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Plant Virus Biotechnology

Plants host a large variety of viruses and other subviral infectious agents that frequently induce important diseases and challenge crop production worldwide. However, current knowledge about the biology of these infectious agents has allowed us to convert the former enemies into new allies. Elements isolated from viral genomes, such as promoters, terminators, ribozymes, RNA silencing suppressors or sequence-specific proteases, as well as conveniently-manipulated defective or fully infectious viral clones can be used as molecular tools in plant biotechnology. The aim of this special issue is to address the use of parts and systems derived from viruses and subviral agents as biotechnological tools for plant research and crop improvement. Researchers can contribute with original research findings or with review and comments to this issue. 

Guest Editor

Professor José-Antonio Daròs

Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas-Universitat Politècnica de València), Avenida de los Naranjos s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain



Subviral agent

Expression vector

Virus-induced gene silencing

Virus-induced gene editing

Viral suppressor of RNA silencing

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2020

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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