Special Issue "Phytophthora Infestations in Forest Ecosystems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).
Interests: Forest tree diseases with particular emphasis on those caused by the oomycete genus Phytophthora; biology, diversity, ecology, phylogeny and taxonomy of Phytophthora species; management and control strategies of Phytophthora diseases in Mediterranean forests.
Interests: Diversity, ecology, pathogenicity and evolution of Phytophthora species; their impacts on natural and semi-natural ecosystems; their pathways and possible management and control options for Phytophthora diseases.
The oomycete genus Phytophthora represents one of the most notorious groups of tree pathogens in natural and semi-natural forest ecosystems. Since the discovery in the 1960s of the invasive P. cinnamomi, threatening some of the world’s richest plant communities in Australia, numerous Phytophthora diseases have been reported on forest trees worldwide which were previously unknown to science. The most notable examples include the oak and beech declines triggered by different Phytophthora spp. in Europe and North America, the finding of ‘Sudden Oak Death’ and ‘Sudden Larch Death’ caused by P. ramorum in the Western USA and the UK, respectively, and the association of P. austrocedri with the ‘mal del ciprés’ in Argentina and juniper decline in the UK. All these epidemic events are driven by exotic invasive Phytophthora species, introduced through infested nursery plants from their native overseas environments. In recent years, many independent surveys have studied the diversity of Phytophthora species and the diseases they are causing across a diverse range of forests and other natural ecosystems. This Special Issue is presenting papers on Phytophthora surveys performed in different biogeographic regions and addresses the pathways, and ecological and economic impacts of these invasive forest pathogens, and possible control strategies.
Dr. Bruno Scanu
Dr. Thomas Jung
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Forest decline
- Invasive pathogens
- Root rot