Special Issue "Advances in Plant-Microbe Interactions Using Metabolomics Approaches"

A special issue of Metabolites (ISSN 2218-1989).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Roberta Marra
Guest Editor
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy
Interests: biological control; metabolomics; beneficial microbes; plant disease control; microbial metabolites

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In nature, plants and microbes interact in many different ways, establishing complex relationships not necessarily negative for the plant. The rhizosphere represents the key zone where the molecular crosstalk between plants and beneficial or detrimental microflora may occur. Deciphering how plants respond to a pathogen attack or beneficial microbe colonization, as well as how microorganisms establish symbiotic rather than pathogenic interactions with their hosts is a major challenge for the development of novel plant protection strategies. Metabolomic analysis, together with other omics technologies, may greatly contribute to elucidating which pathways are involved in plant response to biotic and abiotic stimuli. Moreover, the identification of signaling compounds, either secreted by plants or by the microbial counterpart, may have important implications in drug discovery and the development of novel bioformulations to be used in agriculture and chemotaxonomic studies.

The topics covered by this Special Issue will include but are not limited to the following: identification of metabolites involved in plant-microbe (P-M) interactions, possibly in relation to other omics technologies; application of metabolomic methods used to analyze symbiotic rather than pathogenic P-M interactions; targeted and untargeted metabolite profiling data analysis involved in plant resistance to stresses or in pathogen virulence; biomarker discovery for taxonomic studies; metabolite profiling for epidemiological studies. Manuscripts dealing with other pertinent challenging issues are also highly desired.

The Special Issue is open for submission now. A proper extension may be granted. Please kindly let us know in advance if you plan to make a submission. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the Special Issue website.

Dr. Roberta Marra
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. Metabolites 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 1600 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.


  • Plant–microbe interactions
  • Metabolomics
  • Phytopathogens
  • Plant defense
  • Bioactive compounds
  • Biotic/abiotic stress
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Rhizosphere

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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