Special Issue "Pathogen Control Strategies for Pre-/Post-Harvest of Horticultural Plants and the Application of the Plant-Derived Substances for Microbial Risk Management"

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: 15 February 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. TaeJin Cho
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Guest Editor
Department of Food and Biotechnology, College of Science and Technology, Korea University, Sejong 30019, Korea
Interests: hygiene; pathogens; food safety; microbiology; post-harvest quality; antimicrobial agents extracted from plants; microbial genomics; product processing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The microbiological safety of horticultural plants (vegetables, fruits, spices, flowers, other edible crops, ornamental plants, etc.) is important for both human health and product quality of edible and ornamental plants. Pathogen control studies include research areas regarding not only the development and/or application of decontamination technologies but also the examination on the occurrence and characterization of pathogens isolated from horticulture plants. The analysis on the prevalence of microorganisms linked to pre-/post-harvest diseases of horticultural commodities (raw materials, work-in-process products, and end-products from manufacturing plants) and environments (growing regions, retail, etc.) can identify the critical control points for the decontamination of microorganisms to prevent the consumption of foods contaminated with hazardous microorganisms. Advances in the management technology (pathogen detection methods, decontamination techniques, etc.) of hazardous microorganisms in horticultural plants have contributed to the establishment of effective/efficient intervention strategies against microbiological risk factors. The analysis of postharvest physiology and pathology of horticultural plants is also be expected to help in obtaining the clues for the inhibition/inactivation of horticulture pathogens. Since there is a wide diversity for the applicability of decontamination technologies according to each horticultural plant species, the accumulation of scientific findings is crucial in microbial risk assessment/management of raw and/or processed products of horticultural plants (fresh-cut fruits or vegetables, etc.). Understanding the current advancements in risk management technologies can give direction to future perspectives on the countermeasures to the threats of pre-/post-harvest diseases derived by pathogens.

Examples of the topic of this SI are as follows but not limited to:

  • Identification and characterization of microorganisms causing undesirable post-harvest changes (decay) in plants;
  • Decontamination technologies and microbial detection technologies applicable to pre-/post-harvest systems against horticultural pathogens;
  • Examination of horticultural pathogenic mechanisms;
  • Development and application of technologies for product quality (decay control in the postharvest system, shelf-life extension, maintenance of postharvest freshness, preservation, etc.);
  • Analysis of the incidence of pathogens from farm, retail establishments, market, and commercial horticulture plants.

Research articles, reviews, short notes, and opinion articles are welcome for our current SI.

Prof. Dr. TaeJin Cho
Guest Editor

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.


  • fruit
  • vegetable
  • horticultural crop
  • pathogen
  • microbial risk
  • risk analysis
  • risk assessment
  • risk management
  • pre-/post-harvest diseases
  • disinfection

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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