Innate Immunity in Plants and Stress Responses

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 March 2023) | Viewed by 239

Special Issue Editors

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Agricultural Biotechnology Laboratory, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-4163, USA
Interests: plant cell signal transduction; ion channels; calcium signaling; plant immune responses to pathogens; brassinosteroid signaling
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Agricultural Biotechnology Laboratory, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-4163, USA
Interests: plant immunity; PAMP; pathogen defense signaling; plant response to stress
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Innate immunity in plants has been heretofore considered to include basal defenses which are activated by extracellular pathogen associated molecular pattern (PAMP) molecules binding to plant cell membrane receptors. This innate immune, or pattern recognition receptor (PRR) defense response has been considered distinct from both systemic acquired resistance (SAR) and what can be considered an acquired immune response involving effector-triggered immunity (ETI). Recently, new insights into the molecular nature of these signaling pathways have provided a more refined understanding of the components of these defense responses and suggest more overlap in their signal transduction pathways than previously thought. The aim of this Special Issue is to encourage research as well as review articles that capture new understanding of these systems. The scope of the work solicited for this Special Issue is broad; studies at the ecosystem, organism, cell, and molecular levels are encouraged. Foci could include studies of the regulation of these defense responses, as well as delineation of new nuances of their operation and efficacy. In many contexts, plant immune responses can be impacted by other stresses imposed on these primarily sessile organisms. Hence, interaction of immune defense against pathogens with other stresses imposed on plants is another area of interest for this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Gerald Berkowitz
Dr. Ceila Zelman
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  • plant immunity
  • PAMP
  • pathogen defense signaling
  • plant response to stress

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