Special Issue "Pathogens and Disease Control of 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: 25 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Dalia Aiello
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Guest Editor
Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania, Via S. Sofia 100, 95123 Catania, Italy
Interests: plant pathology; morphological and molecular diagnosis of bacteria and fungi; development of diseases control strategies; soil and substrate disinfestation against soil-borne pathogens; fungicides resistance
Dr. Vladimiro Guarnaccia
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Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (DISAFA), University of Torino, Largo Braccini 2, 10095 Grugliasco (TO), Italy
Interests: plant pathology; fungal pathogens phylogeny; tropical and subtropical crop diseases; fruit crop diseases; berry fruit diseases; molecular diagnostics and early detection
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Tree fruit crops are affected by several diseases, causing major economic losses worldwide. Biotic and abiotic diseases affect roots, leaves, fruit, and trunks on a large range of hosts: tropical and subtropical crops, olive, citrus, grapevine, stone, pome, berry, and nut fruit.

In recent years, the emergence of new diseases and pathogens has been the subject of extensive studies and research works by the international scientific community. A new disease is reported as emerging when it occurs in a new host or with a new symptoms expression, or if it appears in a geographic area for the first time. Different factors can be involved in the appearance of infection, including: the accidental introduction of exotic pathogens, climate change, favorable environmental conditions, pathogen genetic variation, movement of a susceptible plant species, and the introduction of new genotypes of host species.

In addition, diseases can be caused by different pathogens, and their role is not always clear. An interesting case study is represented by tree decline syndrome, a disease complex caused by multiple fungi. Species of Botryosphaeriaceae, Diaporthaceae, and Diatrypaceae families have often been found associated with this syndrome, but the role of these fungi is still uncertain. Moreover, several fungal pathogens are characterized by a latent endophytic phase and switch to pathogenic behavior when stress conditions occur in the host plant. Thus, elucidating the role of abiotic stress in the infection of fungal pathogens represents an important challenge for research.

The diagnosis of diseases is essential for the establishment of effective management strategies, with major attention to developing sustainable and eco-friendly strategies in pre- and post-harvest conditions. In light of all this, we highly encourage experts and researchers to contribute original scientific articles, reviews, and communications addressing the etiology, epidemiology, and control strategies of fruit tree diseases.

Dr. Dalia Aiello
Dr. Vladimiro Guarnaccia
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • abiotic and biotic diseases
  • diagnosis
  • morphological and molecular characterization
  • epidemiology
  • disease control

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