ACS Agricultural Science & Technology prepares to publish a special edition highlighting advances in genome editing for sustainable agriculture. For the readers, this special edition will be a source of high quality articles in the field, and for the authors, it will provide visibility for their excellent work in the field.

Substantial advances in agricultural technologies are required to meet the future food needs of our planet. Growers face challenges from emerging plant diseases and pests as well as herbicide and insecticide resistance. Despite the challenges of climate change and limited land and water resources, increases in yield are required. Meanwhile, consumers are demanding more variety and more nutritious foods with year-round availability.

Gene editing is a technology with the potential to produce some of the rapid changes needed to address these challenges. The great potential of CRISPR / Cas9-based precise gene editing biotechnology is an emerging research area for plants and microorganisms. Many derivative technologies such as epigenome editing, transcription control, and genome-wide screening and editing are being developed. These innovative biotechnologies are powerful tools for functional genomics analysis and have great potential for plant breeding and genetic improvement.

In addition to rapid advances in basic science and technological improvements, societal, economic and regulatory hurdles must be overcome before the value of this technology can be realized.

This special edition will focus largely on original research and review articles, as well as opinion-editing articles, including recent advances in gene editing and related technologies, agricultural use cases, perspectives on agricultural use, and guidelines in different countries.

The editors are keenly interested in, but not limited to:

  • Genome editing and its applications for sustainable agriculture and combating climate change.
  • Advances in genome editing tools: CRISPR / Cas9 and beyond, e.g. B. Recently emerging protein editing tools
  • Plant transformation for efficient genome editing
  • Genome editing for the treatment of abiotic and biotic stress and diseases
  • Genome editing to increase plant yield
  • Genome editing to improve food quality
  • Regulatory, economic, societal and political considerations on applications for genome editing in agriculture

Filing instructions

Manuscripts must conform to the guidelines available on the ACS Agricultural Science & Technology Information for Authors page and must be submitted electronically through the ACS Paragon Plus portal.

In Paragon Plus, specify a manuscript type and enable the special edition feature to set the paper for advances in genome editing for sustainable agriculture. Also indicate in your cover letter that the paper will be submitted for the special edition.

All invited and submitted manuscripts are checked for suitability upon submission and subjected to the journal’s standard peer review process. The final submission deadline for inclusion in the special edition is October 31, 2021.

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Xiangyuan Wan, Beijing University of Science and Technology, and Associate Editor, ACS Agricultural Science & Technology


Laura McConnell, Bayer Crop Science and Deputy Editor, ACS Agricultural Science & Technology


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