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Jose Carlos Jimenez-Lopez

Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

A pioneering researcher in legume seed proteins physiological and nutraceutical functions, appointed as Ramon y Cajal research fellow and tenured scientist at CSIC; AEL board member and holder of two registered patents.


Orphan Crops Sustainable Agriculture SNPs Legume Breeding Genetic Diversity Functional Foods Seed Compounds Food Security Food Allergy Abiotic & Biotic Stresses Crop Resilience Fungal Pathogens

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Legume crops provide a significant sources of plant-based proteins for humans. Grain legumes have outstanding nutritional and nutraceutical properties, while they are affordable food that contributes to achieving future food and feed security.

Due to an increasing world population, global food security requires a major re-focusing of plant sciences, crop improvement and production agronomy towards grain legumes (pulse crops) over coming decades, with intensive research and development to identify climate-resilient species and cultivars with improved grain characteristics. In this context, genetic developments have played a critical role to increase crop production, whose applications will undoubtedly contribute to sustainable agriculture and food security.

This research topic aims to bring together a collection of outstanding studies for a better understanding of current improvements in agricultural and seed traits from both the biological (physiological and nutritional/nutraceutical) and genetic viewpoints. We welcome submissions of all types of articles falling under, but not limited to, the research topic highlighted in this book.

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Date completed: February 10th 2021

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Deadline for chapter proposals: March 10th 2021

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Deadline for full chapters: May 9th 2021

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Review results due: July 28th 2021

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Expected publication date: September 26th 2021

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Jose Carlos Jimenez-Lopez

Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Dr. Jose Carlos Jimenez-Lopez, has studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1998) and obtained Bs. in Biological Sciences (2001), Ms. in Agricultural Sciences (2004), University of Granada, Spain and PhD degree in Plant Cell Biology (2008) at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He was a Full-time Postdoctoral research associate at Purdue University, USA (2008-2011). Marie Curie Research Fellow (FP7-PEOPLE- 2011-IOF) (2012-2015) at the University of Western Australia and CSIC working in human health benefits of legume seed proteins, their allergy molecular aspects and cross allergenicity. He is a Senior Research Fellow (Ramon y Cajal research program - MINECO, 2016 - present), currently working in the functionality, health benefits, and allergy implications of proteins from reproductive tissues (pollen and seeds) in crop species of agro-industrial interest (mainly legumes). He is an Author of more than 60 peer-review journal articles, 25 book chapters. His work has been presented in more than 130 international congresses. He is an Active member of different Scientific Societies: Spanish and International Legume Society; Spanish and EU Microscopy societies. He is Editor of multiple books, Reviewer for more than 35 Peer-Review Journals of editorial as Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, Frontiers, etc, and international expert panels member for funding grants evaluation.

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