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)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. C. Dana Nelson
Southern Institute of Forest Genetics, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, 23332 Success Road, Saucier, MS 39574-9344, USA
Website: http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/staff/286
E-Mail: dananelson@fs.fed.us
Phone: +1 228 832 2747
Fax: +1 228 832 0130
Interests: forest genetics; tree breeding; biotechnology

Guest Editor
Dr. John M. Davis
365 Newins-Ziegler Hall, School of Forest Resources & Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
Website: http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/forestgenomics/davislab.shtml
E-Mail: jmdavis@ufl.edu
Phone: +1 352 846 0879
Interests: functional genomics; tree physiology; disease resistance; biotechnology

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Steven E. McKeand
Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, NC State University, Campus Box 8002, Raleigh, NC 27695-8002, USA
Website: http://cnr.ncsu.edu/fer/direct/mckeand.php
E-Mail: Steve_McKeand@ncsu.edu
Phone: +1 919 515 3168
Interests: tree breeding; wood properties; ecophysiology; seed orchards; clonal propagation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
(2) Rust Host-Pathogen Interaction of Fusiform Rust
  • 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
Guest Editors


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  • fusiform rust fungus
  • loblolly pine
  • slash pine
  • genetic variation
  • host-pathogen interaction
  • virulence
  • avirulence
  • durable resistance
  • molecular screening
  • molecular breeding

Published Papers (7 papers)

by , ,  and
Forests 2014, 5(9), 2050-2083; doi:10.3390/f5092050
Received: 2 January 2014; in revised form: 21 June 2014 / Accepted: 29 July 2014 / Published: 1 September 2014
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by , , , , , , , ,  and
Forests 2014, 5(2), 347-362; doi:10.3390/f5020347
Received: 8 October 2013; in revised form: 15 February 2014 / Accepted: 18 February 2014 / Published: 24 February 2014
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by  and
Forests 2013, 4(4), 1220-1231; doi:10.3390/f4041220
Received: 22 September 2013; in revised form: 11 December 2013 / Accepted: 11 December 2013 / Published: 17 December 2013
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by  and
Forests 2013, 4(3), 666-692; doi:10.3390/f4030666
Received: 13 June 2013; in revised form: 24 June 2013 / Accepted: 2 August 2013 / Published: 22 August 2013
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by ,  and
Forests 2013, 4(2), 488-499; doi:10.3390/f4020488
Received: 27 April 2013; in revised form: 11 May 2013 / Accepted: 24 May 2013 / Published: 20 June 2013
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by ,  and
Forests 2013, 4(2), 319-328; doi:10.3390/f4020319
Received: 23 January 2013; in revised form: 27 April 2013 / Accepted: 27 April 2013 / Published: 10 May 2013
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Forests 2013, 4(1), 70-84; doi:10.3390/f4010070
Received: 30 October 2012; in revised form: 11 January 2013 / Accepted: 11 January 2013 / Published: 16 January 2013
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Last update: 3 July 2013

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