Tropical Plant Biology

Tropical plants are not only those widely recognized crops that are limited to production in the tropics, such as bananas, coffee, oil palm, rubber, and sugarcane, but also those that originated in and continue to be widely grown in the tropics, but have also been adapted for production in subtropical and temperate zones, such as beans, citrus, maize, potatoes, rice, sorghum, and tomatoes. Tropical plants provide food, clothing, and shelter for tens of millions of people, including the world’s poorest. They are the sources of energy, industrial biomaterials, and pharmaceutical products. They are also widely diverse, possessing characteristics and genes of potential value for numerous other plants. The journal Tropical Plant Biology fills a glaring void in basic and applied plant science journal publishing. This journal is the world’s only high-quality serial publication for reporting significant advances in all aspects of tropical plant biology, including but not limited to genetics, molecular biology, physiology, cytology, molecular breeding, genomics, genomic ecology, comparative genomics, and evolution of tropical plants and the application of this information towards an understanding of fundamental biological processes and crop improvement.
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Editorial Board


Dr. Paul H. Moore
USDA, ARS, US Pacific Basin Agriculture Research Center, Aiea, Hawaii, USA

Dr. Ray Ming
Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA


Advisory Board:

Dr. Roger N. Beachy, President, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA

Dr. David Hoisington, Director, International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India

Dr. Richard Jorgensen, University of Arizona, USA

Dr. Don Ort, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Dr. Peter H. Raven, President, Missouri Botanical Garden, USA


Editorial Board:

Dr. Ramesh K. Aggarwal, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, India

Dr. Elizabeth A. Ainsworth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Dr. Alan C. Andrade, Embrapa Recursos Genéticos e Biotecnologia, Brasil

Dr. Jose Luis Araus, Maize Improvement Program, CIMMYT, Kenya

Dr. Paulo Arruda, Centro de Biologia Molecular e Engenharia Genética, Brazil

Dr. James A. Birchler, University of Missouri, USA

Dr. Frikkie Botha, South African Sugarcane Research Institute, South Africa

Dr. Hongwei Cai, China Agricultural University, China

Dr. Xuemei Chen, University of California – Riverside, USA

Dr. Yuval Cohen, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, Israel

Professor James Dale, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Dr. Christopher W. Dick, University of Michigan, USA

Dr. Dmitry A. Filatov, University of Birmingham, UK

Dr. Jean-Christophe Glaszmann, CIRAD, France

Dr. Giorgio Graziosi, University of Trieste, Italy

Dr. Wolfgang Gruneberg, CGIAR Potato Research Institute, Peru

Dr. Jeremy Harbinson, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Dr. Desiree M. Hautea, University of the Philippines Los Baños, the Philippines

Dr. Scott A. Jackson, Purdue University, USA

Dr. Jiming Jiang, University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA

Dr. Ewald Komor, Universität Bayreuth, Germany

Dr. Schuyler S. Korban, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Dr. Philippe Lashermes, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France

Dr. James H. Leebens-Mack, University of Georgia, USA

Dr. John Manners, CSIRO Plant Industry, Australia

Dr. Blake C. Meyers, University of Delaware, USA

Dr. Ioan Negrutiu, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France

Dr. Henry T. Nguyen, University of Missouri, USA

Dr. Andrew Paterson, University of Georgia, USA

Dr. Robert E. Paull, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Dr. Yin-Long Qiu, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, USA

Dr. Takuji Sasaki, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Japan

Dr. Samuel Sai-ming Sun, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

Dr. Indra K. Vasil, University of Florida - Gainesville, USA

Dr. Luiz Gonzaga E. Vieira, Instituto Agronomic de Parana, Brazil

Dr. Boris Vyskot, The Czech Academy of Science, The Czech Republic

Dr. Rod A. Wing, University of Arizona – Tucson, USA

Aims and Scope

Tropical Plant Biology covers the most rapidly advancing aspects of tropical plant biology including physiology, evolution, development, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, genomics, genomic ecology, and molecular breeding. It publishes articles of original research,  but it also accepts review articles and publishes occasional special issues focused on a single tropical crop species or breakthrough. Information published in this journal guides effort to increase the productivity and quality of tropical plants and preserve the world’s plant diversity. The journal serves as the primary source of newly published information for researchers and professionals in all of the aforementioned areas of tropical science.

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