Special Issue "Plant Resistance Induced by Microorganisms and Pathogens"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.
Interests: plant-pathogen interactions; priming; mycorrhiza-induced resistance; metabolomics
Interests: plant-other organisms interactions
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Plant pathogens and pests represent one of the major threats to global food production, being responsible for the crop loses estimated in more than 30% of the global production. The main strategy to cope with these challenges, whilst avoiding the use of pesticides, is the induction of plant immune system. Immune systems of the plants can be induced by several stimuli, including pathogen challenge, avirulent bacteria and beneficial microorganisms such as plant growth promotion microbes (PGPM) and mycorrhizal fungi. All these stimuli lead the plant to a Systemic Acquired Resistance (SAR), Induced Systemic Resistance (ISR) or Mycorrhiza-Induced Resistance (MIR). The use of beneficial microorganisms is the most widely applied alternative method to control various arthropod pests and pathogens in organic farming and IPM programs. Although the number of publications associated with the use of all these inducers has been growing exponentially in the last decades, most of the mechanisms underlying this induced-resistance are still far from being clear. SAR is the most studied acquired resistance, but out of the stimuli that can induce SAR pathogen-induced resistance has been the least studied one. Regarding plant growth promotion (PGP), only few studies are associated with mechanistic studies or modes of action and with some exception, almost all of these few articles are focused on nitrogen fixation, and auxin-mediated phytostimulation. In the case of mycorrhizal fungi, mycorrhizas affect the host plant interaction with multiple organisms including pathogenic ones. Even though the overall protection depends on the AMF-plant-attacker combination, induced-resistance against pathogenic organisms and herbivorous arthropods below- and aboveground plant parts have been described for many interactions.
As such, soil-borne beneficial microbes are of particular interest as vaccination agents, capable of enhancing plant resistance to biotic stressors. The most important requisite to develop and apply beneficial microorganisms and their mimics in the field is to have as much knowledge as possible of the mechanisms and pathways involved in the induced resistance and how context dependency influences it.
The focus of this Special Issue is on highlighting the mechanisms behind plant resistance induced by pathogens and microorganisms. Studies on the role of plant symbiotes, PGPs, pathogen attacks and chemical inducers in modulating plant defense responses will be considered. This includes the action of pathogenic effectors, as well as specific aspects of signaling and response perception through the activation of different defense mechanisms.
Prof. Paloma Sanchez-Bel
Dr. Ainhoa Martínez-Medina
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- plant-pathogen interaction
- plant immunity
- systemic acquired resistance
- induced systemic resistance
- mycorrhiza induced-resistance
- perception and signaling
- plant defense.