Special Issue "Beneficial Plant–Fungal Interactions"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. David Turrà
Guest Editor
Dipartimento di Agraria, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Portici, Italy
Interests: polarity; genetics; microbial interactions; plant–pathogen interaction
Dr. Stefania Vitale

Guest Editor
Departamento de Genética, Campus de Excelencia Internacional Agroalimentario ceiA3, Universidad de Córdoba, Córdoba, Spain
Interests: chemotropism; fungal genetics; molecular biology; quorum sensing; microbiology
Dr. Sheridan Lois Woo

Guest Editor
Dipartimento di Farmacia, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy
Interests: beneficial plant-microbe interactions; biological control; sustainable agriculture
Dr. Francesco Vinale
Guest Editor
Department of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Productions, University of Naples Federico II, 80137 Naples, Italy
Interests: plant pathology; biocontrol; Trichoderma; secondary metabolites; harzianic acid; siderophores; plant growth promotion; disease resistance; biostimulants
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Dear Colleagues,

Over the last century, a plethora of fungal microorganisms exerting beneficial effects on a wide variety of plant species have been described and characterized. Some of them enhance plant growth and yield production either by secreting volatile (VOCs) or nonvolatile metabolites or by directly interacting with plant roots and increasing nutrient availability or accessibility (i.e., fungal symbionts). Others modulate plant fitness indirectly through antibiosis, parasitism or competition with some of the biotic threats that compose the root microbiota and that continuously influence plant health throughout its entire life cycle (i.e., endophytes, entomopathogenic, mycoparasitic, and nematophagous fungi). Similarly, nonpathogenic isolates of closely related deadly pathogenic fungi offer protection to plants by modulating their resistance potential via induction of defense responses.

Despite major advances have been achieved in the last few decades on the modes of action employed by different beneficial fungal species, the molecular determinants of the crosstalk laying at the base of these fascinating fungal–plant or fungal–pathogen interactions are still far away from being clearly understood. Some of the main unresolved questions regard how and which microbial- or plant-derived signals mediate direct or indirect beneficial effects on plants and in microbiota composition. In this context, recent findings have also highlighted that harmed plants have the potential to reshape their root microbiome via the recruitment of beneficial microorganisms. Which fungal species act as plant “helpers” and the interkingdom dialogue occurring during plant–pathogen–helper tripartite interactions is still poorly understood.

In this context, Pathogens will launch a Special Issue devoted to “Beneficial Fungal Interactions with Plants or with Plant Pathogens”. This Special Issue will focus on those fungal species (and/or natural compounds) which mediate a positive effect on plant physiology or health status and will include both original research and review articles covering all aspects of the signaling events occurring among beneficial fungi, pathogens, and plants and leading to a positive output in terms of plant fitness (i.e., nutrient acquisition, growth promotion, and disease resistance).

Dr. David Turrà
Dr. Stefania Vitale
Dr. Sheridan Lois Woo
Dr. Francesco Vinale
Guest Editors

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  • beneficial fungi
  • plant–microbe interaction
  • fungus–microbe interaction
  • mycoparasitism
  • competition
  • induced resistance
  • plant growth promotion
  • fungal symbiosis
  • bioactive metabolites
  • microbiota
  • entomopathogenic fungi and nematophagous fungi

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Organic Amendments Modulate Soil Microbiota and Reduce Virus Disease Incidence in the TSWV-Tomato Pathosystem
Pathogens 2020, 9(5), 379; https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens9050379 - 14 May 2020
Application of organic amendments is considered an eco-friendly practice to promote soil fertility and suppressiveness against a wide range of soil-borne pathogens. However, limited information is available about the capabilities of organic amendments to control virus disease. In this study, the suppressiveness of [...] Read more.
Application of organic amendments is considered an eco-friendly practice to promote soil fertility and suppressiveness against a wide range of soil-borne pathogens. However, limited information is available about the capabilities of organic amendments to control virus disease. In this study, the suppressiveness of different organic amendments (i.e., compost manure, biochar, alfalfa straw, and glucose) was determined against the Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) on tomato plants in a 1-year-long mesocosm experiment. Organic treatments were compared to the ordinary soil management based on mineral fertilizers and fumigation. Tomato seedlings were inoculated with TSWV and the infection and symptoms were assessed three weeks later. The disease incidence was higher in soil treated with mineral fertilizers and fumigation (> 80%) compared to the application of organic amendments, with alfalfa straw and biochar recording the lowest incidence (< 40%). Moreover, soil microbiota structure and diversity were assessed by high-throughput sequencing of bacterial and eukaryotic rRNA gene markers. Several members belonging to the bacterial phyla of Acidobacteria, Actinobacteria, Bacteroidetes, and Proteobacteria, as well as members of the fungal genus Acremonium, were positively associated with plant health. This study showed that conventional practices, by shifting microbiome composition, may increase TSWV incidence and severity. Full article
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