Special Issue "Biological Control of Pre- and Postharvest Fungal Diseases"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.
Interests: fruit postharvest fungal diseases; antagonists; biological control
Interests: chitosan; essential oils, gray mold; postharvest decay; seedborne pathogens
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Interests: postharvest fungal diseases of fruit; epidemiology; biological control; alternative methods; host-pathogen interaction studies
The open access journal Horticulturae (SCIE-indexed; Tracked for IF) is pleased to announce that we have launched a new Special Issue titled “Biological Control of Pre- and Post-Harvest Fungal Diseases”. Given your expertise in this field, we would like to invite you to contribute an article to the present Special Issue.
The appearance of pathogen isolates resistant to common fungicides, followed by stricter regulatory policies that impose a reduction in their use, emphasizes the attempts to introduce effective biological control methods applied in pre- and post-harvest phases. At the beginning of the 1960s, treatments based on chemical fungicides, as the main method of reducing post-harvest fruit losses, obtained satisfactory results. However, the fungicide option for managing post-harvest decay is increasingly limited; in addition, the use of fungicides on fruit after harvest is regulated by different food protection agencies. Alternative biocontrol methods are also necessary, starting from the field, so as to create a connection with the post-harvest phase alternative treatments. Biological control in sensu strictu involves microorganisms known as biocontrol agents (BCAs), which are mainly yeasts, bacteria, and fungi; however, sometimes their activity is inconsistent. Therefore, to overcome this issue, integrated strategies including essential oils (EO), physical treatments, GRAS, chitosan, and, less frequently, fungicides in low doses, could be explored in order to achieve maximum effectiveness. The proposed Special Issue aims to present advanced studies, methods, tools, and innovations in the field of biological control of fungal diseases in pre- and post-harvest phases. We hope to receive your contributions so as to share them with the community of researchers, students, and technicians that believed in new frontiers for plant protection, as 2020 is the “International year of plant health”. In the hope that this invitation receives your favorable consideration, we look forward to our future collaboration.
Dr. Alessandra Di Francesco
Prof. Dr. Gianfranco Romanazzi
Dr. Rosario Torres
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Horticulturae is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- biological control
- fungal diseases
- pre- and post-harvest phases
- horticultural products
- alternative methods