Special Issue "Effects of Abiotic Stress on Crop-Fungal Pathogen Interactions"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Martha M Vaughan
Guest Editor
USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Peoria, United States
Interests: (Fusarium head blight; mycotoxins; food safety; abiotic and biotic stress; phytochemicals; climate change; carbon dioxide
Dr. William Hay
Guest Editor
USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Peoria, United States
Interests: plant physiology; climate change; grain nutritional value; Fusarium head blight

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fungal pathogens destroy approximately one third of all food crops annually. Climate change threatens to intensify these losses and jeopardize global food security because plant pathogenic fungi and oomycetes comprise the largest faction of rapidly spreading agricultural pests. Furthermore, the stressful environmental conditions of industrialized agricultural practices that rely on homogeneous and standardized control strategies have enhanced the emergence of more virulent and fungicide-resistant strains. Abiotic factors drive plant–pathogen interactions, and the individual and combined abiotic stress factors associated with climate change, including rising atmospheric CO2, temperature, and extreme precipitation events, can all influence crop susceptibility and disease severity. The impact of abiotic stress can have positive, neutral or negative effects on disease development, and each disease may respond differently to the stress depending on the pathosystem. To fully understand the dynamic plant–fungal pathogen–environment interactions that occur in nature and develop climate-resilient and disease-resistant crops, a combined interdisciplinary research effort is needed. This Special Issue of Plants will highlight emerging agricultural threats, knowledge gaps, and potential control strategies.

Dr. Martha M Vaughan
Dr. William Hay
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • climate change
  • abiotic stress
  • temperature
  • drought
  • flooding
  • rising carbon dioxide
  • fungal pathogens
  • mycotoxins
  • fungi
  • oomycetes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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