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Special Issue "Plant Viruses and Virus-Induced Diseases"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Plant Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Miguel A. Aranda

Centro de Edafología y Biología Aplicada del Segura (CEBAS) – Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Campus Universitario de Espinardo, Edificio 25, 30100 Murcia, Spain
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Interests: genetic resistance to control plant pathogenic viruses; cap-independent translation of viral and host mRNAs; viral factories: description, composition and function; ecology and evolutionary dynamics of emergent plant viruses
Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yongliang Zhang

State Key Laboratory of Agro-Biotechnology and Ministry of Agriculture Key Laboratory of Soil Microbiology, College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China
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Interests: virus replication; structure of viral replication factories; viral trafficking; plant virus-based biotechnology; identification and investigation of host genes that are involved in viral pathogenesis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The contribution of plant virology to the advancement of plant sciences has been outstanding in recent decades. These years of discoveries have shown us that viruses constitute excellent probes to dissect basic plant biological processes, including transcriptional, post-transcriptional and translational control of gene expression, macromolecular trafficking and transport routes, basal and induced plant defence mechanisms, and many other areas of the plant architecture, development, physiology and metabolism. Plant viruses, on their own, are fascinating entities, having evolved an incredible array of smart strategies to express their genes from very compact genomes. Using very few building blocks, often a single polypeptide and a nucleic acid molecule, plant viruses produce transmission and persistence particles with amazing properties and an incredible biotechnological potential. Last, but not least, plant viruses cause global and regional economic losses in agriculture, being responsible for a significant proportion of devastating emergent and re-emergent plant diseases; plant virology has provided important solutions, but there is still more to come.

This Special Issue is open to all researchers studying plant viruses and virus-induced diseases at any level, from molecular to ecological scale, including evolutionary aspects of plant viruses and virus-induced diseases. Papers are welcome as original research articles, as well as review papers dealing with recent advancements and current understanding of various aspects of plant virology.

Prof. Dr. Miguel A. Aranda
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yongliang Zhang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short 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 thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Description, characterization and functions of plant virus factories.
  • Trafficking and transport routes used by plant viruses.
  • Transcriptional, post-transcriptional and translational control of host gene expression exerted by plant viruses.
  • Basal and induced plant defence mechanisms against viruses.
  • Plant/virus/vector interactions leading to virus transmission.
  • Development of plant viruses as nanoparticles, expression vectors or genetic engineering tools.
  • Eco-evolutionary aspects determining emergence or re-emergence of plant viruses.
  • Novel diagnosis approaches.
  • Novel strategies for the efficient and sustainable control of plant virus-induced diseases.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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