Special Issue "Ecology, Evolution, Epidemiology and Genomics of R. solanacearum Plant Pathogenic Bacterium"

A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Pathogens".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Daniel Jeffares
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Guest Editor
University of York, York, United Kingdom
Interests: microbial genomics; population genomics and quantitative genetics; molecular evolution; fission yeast; Leishmania; Ralstonia
Dr. Ville-Petri Friman
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Guest Editor
Department of Biology, University of York, York, UK
Interests: evolution; experimental evolution; coevolution; ecology; microbiology; microbiomes; pathogens; phages; bacteria; protists; plants; eco-evolutionary dynamics; plant-microbe interactions
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ralstonia solanacearum is an economically important and globally spread plant pathogenic bacterium causing significant crop losses annually. It has a very broad host range covering over 200 plant species and complex epidemiology including important environmental reservoirs and non-agricultural secondary host plants. It harbors various intricate virulence factors and is genetically highly variable showing signs of local adaptation to specific host plants and environmental niches. Infections are also often linked with its ability to invade plant rhizosphere microbiomes by competing for shared resources and by resisting natural enemies. Despite increased interest in developing novel biocontrol methods to protect crops from this pathogen, we still lack efficient control methods. One reason for this is that the ecology, evolution and complex epidemiology of R. solanacearum is still not properly understood. For this Special Issue of Pathogens, we invite you to submit research articles, review articles, short notes as well as communications related to ecology, evolution, pathology and genomics of Ralstonia. We are especially interested in interdisciplinary approaches focusing on pathogen-microbiome-plant interactions, pathogen-microbe interactions, comparative genomics, experimental evolution, biocontrol, transmission and epidemiology across natural and agricultural environments. We look forward to your contribution.

Dr. Daniel Jeffares
Dr. Ville-Petri Friman
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Ralstonia
  • Plant pathogenic bacteria
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Genomics
  • Virulence Host range
  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiome
  • Transmission
  • Biocontrol

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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