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Editor: Masayoshi Shigyo and Takeshi Kurokura
March 2020

Strawberry, one of the most attractive berry crops, has relationship with us in many ways. Selected articles in this issue represents such multi-aspect of this crop, so as the cover image: from laboratory to table. Flowering regulation is a major interest not only for researchers but also for growers, as flowering directly linked to earliness and yield potential of strawberry. This issue covers the history of the development of flowering regulation techniques in Japan, molecular mechanisms of flowering, current status of Fragaria genome research and male sterility to accelerate breeding. New production techniques are also important and articles related how to produce strawberries in sustainable way in field and in plant factories are selected as well. Consumer is another important factor in the strawberry industry so articles of the strawberry allergen and transportation technique to provide good quality fruit to consumers are also included.
(Illustration by Suana Science)

Special Issue: Strawberry

Horticultural production restoration efforts in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Editor: Yuichi Yoshida
January 2019

In 2015, the Journal of the Japanese Society for Horticultural Science (JJSHS) was renamed The Horticulture Journal (Hort. J.) to disseminate cutting-edge information on horticultural science research. The Japanese Society for Horticultural Science, which publishes Hort. J., has organized this special issue to further enhance the attractiveness of this journal. The theme of the first special issue is horticultural production restoration efforts in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Numerous people have died or remain missing and a great many were injured. Agricultural land has also suffered extensive damage from the earthquake, tsunami, radioactive materials, and so on. Technological development to restore agricultural production has been initiated and practical farms have been established to demonstrate ways to combine old and new technologies to promote agricultural production. Unfortunately, many of these research and demonstration efforts are recorded in Japanese, making it difficult for many people to fully understand what has been done. Considering that such farmland reconstruction efforts should be useful in the face of a similar disaster in the future, I planned this first special issue of Hort. J. I expect that various special issues of Hort. J. will follow in the future.
(Provided by Y. Yoshida: Okayama University)

Special Issue:Horticultural production restoration efforts in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake

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