Farewell to two section editors and welcome to new article processing charge


Dear readers,

the holiday season is over and at the editorial office, we notice an increased influx of manuscript submissions. So far, 22 manuscripts have been published this year. Have a look at the current issue and discover interesting studies on the cryopreservation of sorghum seeds, pelargonium breeding or analyses of bitter gourd, ginseng berries, Tunisian figs, Kenyan guava and many more plant derived foods.

But there are more news than this. We have to say farewell to two of our section editors. Jürgen Bender, who covered the fields of agroecology and stress physiology in crops, will be retiring. Furthermore, Karl H. Mühling, current president of the  German Society for Quality Research on Plant Foods and responsible for manuscripts on plant nutrition and soil fertility at our journal, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science earlier this year. This post comes with a heavy work load and will demand his full attention. We thank both, Jürgen and Karl, for their dedication and the energy they spent at the Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality in the last years and wish them all the best.

Another important change for our authors is, that the article processing charge for manuscripts accepted for publication will raise to 400€ (incl. VAT) per article for all manuscripts submitted from 1st January 2020 onwards. As before, members of the German Society for Quality Research on Plant Foods and members of the Section Applied Botany of the German Botanical Society will not be charged, since this is included in the regular membership fees of their respective societies.