Special Issue "Plant-Pathogen Interaction"

A special issue of Biology (ISSN 2079-7737).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Maria Doroteia Campos
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Instituto de Investigação e Formação Avançada, Universidade de Évora, Évora, Portugal
Interests: With a background in agronomical sciences and plant biotechnology, Maria Doroteia Campos has developed her scientific career on the molecular response of plants to environmental constraints, both abiotic and biotic. In this line, her actual interests lie on the question of how plant specific gene dynamics are involved on responses to pathogens, for development of new strategies for sustainable plant protection
Prof. Maria do Rosário Félix
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Departamento de Fitotecnia, Universidade de Évora, Portugal
Interests: Maria do Rosário Félix has a background in agronomical sciences and general plant pathology, working for about 25 years on plant pathogens, with a main focus on important diseases affecting Mediterranean crops, characterizing these pathogens molecularly, designing and improving molecular diagnostic tests, studying the relationships between pathogens and antagonists, and using viruses as a tool for plant protection

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plant pathogens cause severe loss in natural plant systems, as well as in terms of economics and production in the agriculture systems. While many biotic constraints are well known, and confronted with variable success, the occurrence of emerging pathogens and the progressive incidence of novel virulent strains, races or pathotypes is evident. Moreover, the practicability of some of the currently-available crop protection measures is questioned. Understanding how pathogens adopt an appropriate adaptive mechanism during plant infection, and the exploitation of the diversity of mechanisms that plants process to control the resistance/susceptibility to plant diseases, will aid in conserving nature and ecosystem services and is also of benefit for agriculture and forestry. The identification of regulatory components involved in the processes will be of major importance for a sustainable plant-disease management. Knowledge of plant–pathogen interactions could aid in the prevention of disease in plants, which would be beneficial to agricultural production and to global food security. For this Special Issue, we invite the submission of original research papers and reviews covering all aspects of plant–pathogen interactions, both in natural and agricultural systems.

Dr. Maria Doroteia Campos
Prof. Maria do Rosário Félix
Guest Editors

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  • Plant protection
  • Plant pathology
  • Plant disease resistance
  • Biotic stress
  • Plant innate immune response

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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