Special Issue "Fungal Secondary Metabolites Involved in Plant Beneficial Interactions"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Microbe Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 July 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sabrina Sarrocco
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Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Pisa, Via del Borghetto n. 80, 56124 Pisa, Italy
Interests: plant pathogenic fungi; mycotoxigenic fungi; biocontrol fungi; fungal ecology; fungal secondary metabolites; fungal genome editing
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Dr. Francesco Vinale
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Department of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Productions, University of Naples Federico II, 80138 Naples, Italy
Interests: secondary metabolites; Trichoderma; biocontrol; plant growth promotion; disease resistance; metabolome; beneficial microbe consortia
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fungi are well known to be a wide source of secondary metabolites (SM) whose extensive and versatile repertoire helps them to maintain their niches, to face competitors, and to ensure enough space and nutrient for their survival. In addition, fungal SMs are involved in communication with plants: Certain SMs can enhance plant growth and/or elicit plant defense responses.

All those properties render fungal SMs potential bioproducts that could be employed in agricultural practices in order to improve crop yield and to reduce negative effects due to biotic and abiotic stresses.

Full research papers, reviews, short communications coming from research on this topic are invited for this editorial project.

Dr. Sabrina Sarrocco
Dr. Francesco Vinale
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • fungal secondary metabolites
  • biocontrol
  • beneficial fungi
  • plant disease management
  • sustainable agriculture

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Combined Comparative Genomics and Gene Expression Analyses Provide Insights into the Terpene Synthases Inventory in Trichoderma
Microorganisms 2020, 8(10), 1603; https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms8101603 - 18 Oct 2020
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Trichoderma is a fungal genus comprising species used as biocontrol agents in crop plant protection and with high value for industry. The beneficial effects of these species are supported by the secondary metabolites they produce. Terpenoid compounds are key players in the interaction [...] Read more.
Trichoderma is a fungal genus comprising species used as biocontrol agents in crop plant protection and with high value for industry. The beneficial effects of these species are supported by the secondary metabolites they produce. Terpenoid compounds are key players in the interaction of Trichoderma spp. with the environment and with their fungal and plant hosts; however, most of the terpene synthase (TS) genes involved in their biosynthesis have yet not been characterized. Here, we combined comparative genomics of TSs of 21 strains belonging to 17 Trichoderma spp., and gene expression studies on TSs using T. gamsii T6085 as a model. An overview of the diversity within the TS-gene family and the regulation of TS genes is provided. We identified 15 groups of TSs, and the presence of clade-specific enzymes revealed a variety of terpenoid chemotypes evolved to cover different ecological demands. We propose that functional differentiation of gene family members is the driver for the high number of TS genes found in the genomes of Trichoderma. Expression studies provide a picture in which different TS genes are regulated in many ways, which is a strong indication of different biological functions. Full article
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