Special Issue "Plant Viruses and Virus-Induced Diseases"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2019) | Viewed by 24681
Interests: genetic resistance to control plant pathogenic viruses; cap-independent translation of viral and host mRNAs; viral factories: description, composition and function; ecology and evolutionary dynamics of emergent plant viruses
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Interests: virus replication; structure of viral replication factories; viral trafficking; plant virus-based biotechnology; identification and investigation of host genes that are involved in viral pathogenesis
The contribution of plant virology to the advancement of plant sciences has been outstanding in recent decades. These years of discoveries have shown us that viruses constitute excellent probes to dissect basic plant biological processes, including transcriptional, post-transcriptional and translational control of gene expression, macromolecular trafficking and transport routes, basal and induced plant defence mechanisms, and many other areas of the plant architecture, development, physiology and metabolism. Plant viruses, on their own, are fascinating entities, having evolved an incredible array of smart strategies to express their genes from very compact genomes. Using very few building blocks, often a single polypeptide and a nucleic acid molecule, plant viruses produce transmission and persistence particles with amazing properties and an incredible biotechnological potential. Last, but not least, plant viruses cause global and regional economic losses in agriculture, being responsible for a significant proportion of devastating emergent and re-emergent plant diseases; plant virology has provided important solutions, but there is still more to come.
This Special Issue is open to all researchers studying plant viruses and virus-induced diseases at any level, from molecular to ecological scale, including evolutionary aspects of plant viruses and virus-induced diseases. Papers are welcome as original research articles, as well as review papers dealing with recent advancements and current understanding of various aspects of plant virology.
Prof. Dr. Miguel A. Aranda
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yongliang Zhang
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- Description, characterization and functions of plant virus factories.
- Trafficking and transport routes used by plant viruses.
- Transcriptional, post-transcriptional and translational control of host gene expression exerted by plant viruses.
- Basal and induced plant defence mechanisms against viruses.
- Plant/virus/vector interactions leading to virus transmission.
- Development of plant viruses as nanoparticles, expression vectors or genetic engineering tools.
- Eco-evolutionary aspects determining emergence or re-emergence of plant viruses.
- Novel diagnosis approaches.
- Novel strategies for the efficient and sustainable control of plant virus-induced diseases.