Special Issue "Fusiform Rust Disease—Biology and Management of Resistance"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2013)
This is a Special Issue of Forests coinciding with an Information Exchange Group (IEG-40) Workshop, “Integrating Biological Research and Fusiform Rust Resistance Screening and Breeding“, 14–15 June 2012, Resistance Screening Center, Bent Creek Experimental Forest, Asheville, NC, USA.
New knowledge is being generated by sequencing of pathogen and host genomes, and the genome sequences of both Cronartium quercuum f. sp. fusiforme (Cqf) and Pinus taeda L. are on the near horizon. This workshop is for pathologists, geneticists, breeders and growers to “roll up our sleeves” and discuss options of how fusiform rust screening and breeding for resistance can be performed in the future. What have we learned in the past 50 years? What aspects of screening are working well and should not be changed? What can be done better given current knowledge about the genetic architecture of rust resistance? Given the knowledge gaps that need to be filled, how and when will the key experiments be performed to fill gaps, improve screening, and accelerate breeding for resistance, while ensuring its durability? Papers for the special issue are requested of all invited speakers and others who can enrich the knowledge base for this important forest disease. Particular areas of interest include the following:
(1) Taxonomy, Population Biology and Genome Biology of Fusiform Rust
- genetic diversity and structure in Cqf
- geographic variation in Cqf and collection zones for screening
- pathogenicity and forma specialis in Cqf
- concepts and nomenclature – effectors, virulence, avirulence
- Cqf Genome Project
- dissecting interactions within fusiform rust disease
- screening with bulks vs. isolates – strengths and weaknesses
- experiences from broad-scale field trials of rust resistance
- host range of the pathogen, both pines and oaks
- non-host and quantitative factors in fusiform rust resistance
(3) Breeding for Fusiform Rust Resistance
- molecular diversity and function of rust resistance genes
- managing populations for durable rust resistance
- pyramiding genes in pine populations and implications for durability
- using markers in breeding to identify and select for resistance
- contemporary perspectives on predicting resistance and modeling durability/co-evolution
Dr. C. Dana Nelson
Dr. John M. Davis
Dr. Steven E. McKeand
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.
- fusiform rust fungus
- loblolly pine
- slash pine
- genetic variation
- host-pathogen interaction
- durable resistance
- molecular screening
- molecular breeding