Special Issue "Control of Postharvest Pathogenic Penicillium"
A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2021.
Interests: Penicillium spp.; postharvest; fungal control; fungicide resistance; virulence/pathogenesis; signal transduction pathways; host–pathogen interaction; synthetic biology
Interests: Penicillium spp., postharvest; fungal control; virulence/pathogenesis; cell wall; antimicrobial peptides; antifungal proteins; fungal cell factories; synthetic biology
Fungi belonging to the Penicillium genus are a major threat to the global citrus and pome fruit industry, causing high economic losses. Within this genus, it is worth highlighting Penicillium digitatum, Penicillium italicum and Penicillium expansum. These fungi negatively affect fruit quality, thus reducing the consumption of fresh fruit and contributing significantly to food loss. Some of them also produce mycotoxins that are negative to human health. Management options are limited due to fungicide-resistant Penicillium species. This makes disease control difficult, which is cause for concern and increases the need for new compounds and target discovery. Therefore, new approaches and tools are required to combat Penicillium pathogens during storage.
A complex interplay exists between antifungal resistance and virulence expressed by pathogenic fungi. Antifungals currently used on the market are limited, when compared to antibacterials. Comparative genomic and transcriptomic studies have indicated several new potential antifungal targets, which are currently under analysis. Among those, factors involved in virulence and pathogenesis could provide new insights for the development of novel compounds, such as antifungal proteins or peptides.
This Special Issue will focus on the different approaches developed to control pathogenic Penicillium during postharvest to avoid antifungal drug resistance mechanisms and on potential new target strategies to control fungal infections based on virulence factors and signal transduction pathways underlying the control of infection mechanisms.
Dr. Paloma Sánchez-Torres
Prof. Dr. Mónica Gandía Gómez
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- Control of Penicillium during postharvest
- Antifungal proteins and peptides
- Fungicide resistance
- Signal transduction pathways
- Host–pathogen interaction