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Featured Article: A guide to barley mutants

Painting of barleyMutants have had a fundamental impact upon scientific and applied genetics. They have paved the way for the molecular and genomic era, and most of today’s crop plants are derived from breeding programs involving mutagenic treatments.

Since detailed knowledge about phenotypic characters of the mutants is the key to success of genetic and genomic studies, we here provide a comprehensive description of mostly morphological barley mutants. The review is closely linked to the International Database for Barley Genes and Barley Genetic Stocks ( where further details and additional images of each mutant described in this review can be found.

Featured Editorial: Celebration of DNA Day, April 2024

New Content Item (1) Co-written by our Editors-in-Chief, this editorial reflects upon DNA Day, "a celebration of the relentless pursuit of knowledge, the spirit of discovery, and the collaborative efforts of scientists from around the globe." 

Aims and scope

Hereditas publishes original cutting-edge research and reviews. As the Official journal of the Mendelian Society of Lund, the journal welcomes research from across all areas of human, plant, animal and microbial genetics and epigenetics. Topics of interest also include cancer genetics, cancer biology, non-coding RNA, Data Mining, and Genome Technology.


Previous content

Hereditas launched with BioMed Central in 2015, transferring from its previous publisher Wiley. All back content is available in the archive.


Ramin Massoumi, Lund University
Yongyong Shi, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Society information

The Mendelian Society of Lund was founded in 1910 and except for a short break during 1912-1916 has been active ever since. In 1920, the Society started to publish Hereditas, a scientific journal in genetics. In the post-genomic era, the scope of Hereditas has evolved to include any research on genomic analysis.

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