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Special Issue "Genetics and Epigenetics of Biotic Stress Response in Plants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 March 2020.
Prof. Giandomenico Corrado E-Mail
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy
Biotic stress causes significant agricultural losses in spite of the constant progress in fighting adverse organisms. Currently, there is an unmet need for more eco-efficient and effective strategies to increase plant resistance to stress. In agriculture, increases in resource efficiency, environmental performance, and food primary production need to be supported by basic science and translational research. The implementation of improved or novel approaches are strongly dependent on the advancement of knowledge on the plant interaction with biotic stressors. This information is the bases towards an environmentally safer agriculture and ultimately, the foundation of a science-driven bio-based economy.
The forthcoming Special Issue aims to provide an overview of recent topics on plant genetics and epigenetics in plant–biotic stress response, with emphasis on fundamental or applied studies that aim to decipher the dynamic molecular responses of plants as they adapt and respond to other living organisms (beneficial and antagonistic). Priority will be also given to works that elucidate the changes in plant growth, development, and yield induced by a stress, or that report on the molecular basis of the plastic phenotypic response of the plants to the environment. Moreover, studies on the genetic and epigenetic regulatory networks that underpin plant response to single or combined stresses, including abiotic stress, are also welcome. Topics also include the phenotypic and molecular evaluation of plant germplasm in relation to biotic stress, the detection and validation of genes or genomic regions involved in plant–stress interaction, and (pre-)breeding efforts to increase tolerance or resistance, also using biotechnological and genomic approaches.
Prof. Rosa Rao
Prof. Giandomenico Corrado
Manuscript Submission Information
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- gene expression
- network models
- beneficial organisms
- DNA methylation
- genome editing