Special Issue "Interplay between Fungal Pathogens and Harvested Crops"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Dov Prusky

Department of Postharvest Science of Fresh Produce, Agricultural Research Organization, Rishon LeZion 7528809, Israel
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Interests: Postharvest pathogens; Regulation of organic acid production and secretion; Nitrogen metabolism and ammonia secretion; Effect of the secreted substances on the modulation of host local pH and program cell death; Mycotoxin and pathogenicity in postharvest pathogens. Etiology and control of postharvest losses in deciduous and subtropical fruits by integration of pre-and postharvest treatments
Guest Editor
Dr. Edward Sionov

Department of Food Quality & Safety, Institute for Postharvest and Food Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization, Rishon LeZion 7528809, Israel
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Interests: Medical Mycology; Mycotoxigenic Fungi; Mycotoxins; Molecular Biology; Host-Pathogen Interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue "Interplay between Fungal Pathogens and Harvested Crops" will concentrate on a significant series of articles with a focus on physiological, biochemical, and molecular aspects of host–pathogen interactions (pathogenic, saprotrophic, endophytic) and mechanisms of mycotoxin accumulation in order to prevent postharvest fungal colonization. High crop losses and decreased quality due to postharvest pathogens requires an understanding of the mechanism modulating fungal colonization and the effect on crops. Pathogens can penetrate postharvest crops directly through wounds during the harvest period and storage handling, or through the cuticle in preharvest commodities. In both cases, disease symptoms are strongly dependent on the etiology of the fungal attack, the physiological stage of the crop and the storage conditions. Pathogen infection of the unripe host initiates defensive signal-transduction cascades, culminating in an accumulation of antifungal proteins that limit fungal growth and development. However, the activation of infections during maturation and ripening is a critical factor for the modulation of susceptibility to postharvest pathogens. During this period, commodities undergo physiological and metabolic changes that affect the nutritional composition availability and cause a decline in resistance mechanisms. The activation of quiescent infection processes occurring in the host during ripening also induces the pathogen metabolic processes modulating optimal gene-expression conditions for fungal colonization, and secondary metabolites and mycotoxin accumulation. In this Special Issue, original research studies and review articles covering the mechanisms of host resistance and or the susceptibility to fungal attack and secondary metabolite accumulation during the process of fungal attack will be considered for publication.

Prof. Dr. Dov Prusky
Dr. Edward Sionov
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Postharvest
  • Fruit pathogenicity
  • Mechanism of mycotoxin synthesis
  • Mycotoxin biosynthesis gene cluster activation’ mechanism of fruit resistance
  • Mechanism of pathogenicity

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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