Special Issue "Phytoplasmas: Molecular Characterization and Host-Pathogen Interactions"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 18 November 2023 | Viewed by 9940
Interests: insect-transmissible plant pathogenic mollicutes; host-pathogen interactions; phytoplasma taxonomy and classification; phytoplasma database construction; high throughput omics studies; molecular diagnosis and epidemiology
Interests: genetic diversity and systematics of phytoplasmas; mechanisms of phytoplasma-host interactions and pathogenicity; molecular targets for pathogen detection and disease control
Interests: phytoplasma taxonomy and evolution; phytoplasma genomics; phytoplasma-host interactions; phytoplasma population diversity in natural hosts (plants and insect vectors); molecular epidemiology of phytoplasma-associated diseases and integrated sustainable control strategies (selection of resistant crop varieties; recovery induction; biocontrol agents; antimicrobial molecules; management of agroecosystems)
Phytoplasmas are obligate intracellular bacteria that infect a wide variety of plant species and multiply in phloem-feeding insects in the order Hemiptera. The transkingdom life cycle of phytoplasma determines the complexity of its pathosystem and epidemiology in a broad range of ecological environments. Based on molecular characterization and database-guided identification and classification, significant advances have been achieved in phytoplasma studies in terms of genetic diversity and geographic distribution (in both managed agroecosystems and natural habitats), potential insect vectors, and new host plants, including symptomatic and asymptomatic weed reservoirs. The accumulating data on “phytoplasma–vector–plant” tripartite components provides a solid basis for understanding phytoplasma epidemiology and disease management.
In recent decades, studies on host–phytoplasma interactions have involved not only molecular analysis ("bottom-up approach" of systems biology at a small scale), but also high-throughput omics studies (“top-down approach” of systems biology at a large scale) such as genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. Combining "top-down" and "bottom-up" research approaches, host–phytoplasma interaction research has made tremendous progress in exploration from disease symptoms to underlying mechanisms, including the identification of virulence factors corresponding to symptoms and changes in host–response induced by phytoplasmas. These new advances contribute to a better understanding of the role of host–phytoplasma interactions in complex pathogenic processes and biological and physiological pathways involved in disease development and transmission.
For this Special Issue of Biology, we invite you to submit original research articles, reviews, opinions, and perspectives on molecular characterization of phytoplasmas and host–phytoplasma interactions in various aspects.
We look forward to your contribution.
Dr. Wei Wei
Dr. Yan Zhao
Dr. Fabio Quaglino
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- molecular diagnosis and epidemiology
- host-phytoplasma interactions
- genetic diversity
- taxonomy and classification
- ecology and evolution
- insect vectors
- disease management
- phytoplasma genomics and other omics studies