The Plant Biotechnology Journal

(2014 Impact Factor: 5.752; 2013 Impact Factor: 5.677)

The aim of Plant Biotechnology Journal is to publish substantial, world-class primary research articles in applied plant science, involving applications of plant biotechnology and plant biology across all industrial sectors.

Publishing original research, Plant Biotechnology Journal reports on significant new contributions to the field, providing a forum for the best papers in applied plant science.

Published articles report novel and exciting findings in strategic research in plant biotechnology, combining curiosity-driven studies with the potential for application. Applications may involve agriculture, horticulture, food and food-processing, paper, pulp and timber, pharmaceuticals, medical, phytoremediation, marine applications, non-food uses of plants and industrial crops. With the rapid developments in genomic sequencin and analysis, and availability of new technologies to analyse functional genomics andproteomics, the combined powers of genetics, biochemistry and cell biology are leading to the very rapid production of new information. Plant Biotechnology Journal welcomes the results of these programmes when the outcome is likely to enhance the application of plant science to the above industries.

The journal will not publish 'improvements' to technologies such as improved transformation efficiencies of particular cultivars/species.Principal areas covered in Plant Biotechnology Journal include:

  • Gene and genome analysis: analysis of genes and gene networks showing the potential for industrial application; gene expression studies; biotech plant breeding, e.g. marker assisted breeding.
  • Transgenic technologies: Production and analysis of transgenic crops; gene insertion studies; gene silencing; factors affecting gene expression; post-translational analysis; molecular farming; field trial analysis; commercialisation of modified crops; safety and regulatory affairs
  • Functional genomics: bioinformatics; gene function studies for applied uses
  • Comparative genomics: applications to crop species; use of current crop databases
  • Physiological studies: pathways relevant to an application; secondary metabolites; manipulations of physiology
  • Developmental studies: developmental mechanisms leading to a further understanding of an industrial use of plants.

Special issue: Chloroplast BiotechnologyPBJCover. Image of the Plant Biotechnology Journal cover. (Copyright: Kate)

In this special issue, articles review the history and progress made in chloroplast selectable markers and removal of marker genes, expression of biopharmaceuticals or manipulation of plastid fatty acid biosynthetic pathways. In addition, original articles report expression and evaluation of several human therapeutic proteins. Browse through the complete issue online.


Please see below a list of recent review papers which are free to download:

Low-cost production of proinsulin in tobacco and lettuce chloroplasts for injectable or oral delivery of functional insulin and C-peptide
Diane Boyhan, Henry Daniell

Cereal seed storage protein synthesis: fundamental processes for recombinant protein production in cereal grains
Taiji Kawakatsu, Fumio Takaiwa

Review article: Commercialization of whole-plant systems for biomanufacturing of protein products: evolution and prospects
H. Maelor Davies

Plant responses to cold: transcriptome analysis of wheat
Mark O. Winfield, Chungui Lu, Ian D. Wilson, Jane A. Coghill, Keith J. Edwards

Tapping RNA silencing pathways for plant biotechnology
Alessandra Frizzi, Shihshieh Huang