Biological Control of Vegetable Diseases and Bacterial Molecular Biology

A special issue of Biology (ISSN 2079-7737). This special issue belongs to the section "Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 252

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Institute of Vegetables and Flowers, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China
Interests: vegetables diseases; biological control; pathogenesis; functional genes; plant-bacterial interactions; secondary metabolites

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Guest Editor
School of Agriculture, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
Interests: bacteriology; bacterial cell cycle; bacterial physiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Vegetable diseases are caused by a broad range of plant pathogens and are responsible for losses in yield and/or quality, directly affecting profits and food security at household, national, and global levels. Biological control is the control of disease by the application of biological agents to vegetable plants in order to prevent pathogens from causing disease to develop. With regard to plant diseases, biocontrol agents are usually bacterial or fungal strains which have been isolated from the endosphere or rhizosphere. The degree of disease suppression achieved with biological agents can be comparable to that achieved with chemicals. In this Special Issue, we highlight recent advances in the biological control of vegetable diseases and bacterial molecular biology.

We welcome research presenting new science outcomes that translate directly into practical applications for farmers. This could include, but is not limited to, research into the screening and transformation of biocontrol agents, the development and utilization of biocontrol agents and their metabolites, the cloning and functional analysis of beneficial biocontrol genes, the use of biocontrol agents to control vegetables disease, and bioinformatics of biocontrol microorganisms. Research should focus on the ultimate goals: reducing crop loss and environmental impact and improving economic, environmental, and resiliency indicators through enhanced disease management in vegetables.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Lei Li
Dr. Xiaofeng Zhou
Guest Editors

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  • bacterial diseases in horticulture
  • plant growth-promoting bacteria
  • biological control of pathogens via antagonistic bacteria
  • genomic, transcriptomic, proteomics studies of antagonistic or pathogenic bacteria interactions
  • beneficial effects of bacteria on plant resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses
  • pathogenic mechanism or biocontrol mechanism
  • volatile organic compounds
  • secondary metabolites

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