Special Issue "Interaction between Pathogens and Fruit Trees"

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Pathology and Disease Management (PPDM)".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Hao Feng
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Guest Editor
College of Plant Protection, Northwest A&F University, Yangling 712100, China
Interests: horticultural plant disease; molecular biology; biotic stress; genetics; functional genomic; post-transcriptional regulation; small RNA; plant-microbe interactions
Dr. Xiaofeng Liang
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Guest Editor
Plant Pathology Department, College of Plant Protection, Northwest A&F University, Yangling 712100, China
Interests: fungal plant pathogens; the biology, infection mechanisms and control of apple fungal diseases; the efficient control of apple Valsa canker disease; use genomics and genetic tools to dissect host-pathogen interaction in the apple Glomerella leaf spot disease system

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fruits benefit human health by proving rich sources of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. However, diseases caused by fungi, bacteria, and viruses can severely damage fruit production. Perennial fruit trees, in particular, are highly vulnerable to disease damages leading to tree decline or tree death. In extreme cases, these diseases can put an entire fruit industry under threat. Studying the molecular interaction between fruit trees and pathogens is fundamentally important for effective disease control and sustainable industry development. Recently, with the rapid advances of molecular, genomic, and biotechnological tools, considerable advances have been achieved in this field.

The proposed Special Issue on "Interaction between Pathogens and Fruit Trees" aims to present the results of recent advances on key factors regulating pathogen invasion and plant defenses. The scope would include but not be limited to research and methodical advances related to pathogen infectious development, effector biology, plant immune reactions, resistance breeding, and engineering. We look forward to receiving your manuscripts and sharing the achievements in this important and fascinating field.

Prof. Dr. Hao Feng
Dr. Xiaofeng Liang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • pathogen infectious development
  • effector biology
  • plant immune reactions
  • resistance breeding

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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