Special Issue "Plant Parasitic Nematodes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 December 2021).
Interests: morphological, biochemical and molecular characterisation of plant-parasitic nematodes (PPN); natural compounds from agricultural residues to be used in the management of emerging and concomitant PPN; bionematicide; evaluation of the ecotoxicological effects of bionematicides in plants and soil invertebrates, including non-target soil nematode communities; assessment of the effects of phytocompounds in PPN life cycle and genes expression profiles; characterization of the molecular mechanisms involved in plant-nematode interaction; assessment of the pathogenicity of the root knot nematodes
Interests: new sustainable and eco-friendly strategies for the management of the economically most important plant-parasitic nematodes (PPN): development of alternative and innovative methodologies to obtain resistant plants; development of formulations based on phytochemicals; selection of genes related with the pathogenicity with potential to be used in the control of those PPN, identification of proteins, secreted by PPN involved in the penetration/ migration of the nematodes in the plant tissues and in the interaction with the host plants with different susceptibility to the infection
Interests: biocontrol agents and studies on the nematicidal activity of plant natural extracts as sustainable alternatives to chemical pesticides; development of quick diagnostic tools for the detection and identification of emerging species of plant-parasitic nematodes, molecular characterisation and host studies with root lesion nematodes, Pratylenchus spp.
Plant parasitic nematodes (PPN) are economically important pests for numerous agriculture and forestry crops, representing a significant constraint on global food security and forestry health. Damage caused by these nematodes has been estimated at $US80 billion/year. However, this value is likely to be underestimated, as PPN are small plant/soil-borne pathogens, the symptoms that they cause are unspecific, and most of the growers are often unaware of their presence.
Root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.), cyst nematodes (Heterodera and Globodera spp.), root-lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus spp.), the burrowing nematode Radopholus similis, the stem nematode Ditylenchus dipsaci, and the pinewood nematode Bursaphelenchus xylophilus are some examples of PPN ranked at the top in the list of the most economically and scientifically important species.
Current approaches to control these PPN include the use of nematicides and/or unselective pesticides, but many synthetic chemical nematicides pose serious concerns for human health and the environment. To cope with such threat, accurate diagnostic methods for nematode detection and a deep understanding of nematode infection processes as well as of their intricate relationships with the host plants are crucial for the development of effective integrated nematode management programs.
This Special Issue on Plant Parasitic Nematodes aims to publish articles (original research manuscripts and reviews) that focus on diagnostics, detection, and surveillance of PPN associated with economically important agriculture and forestry crops, with a special focus on emergent PPN and quarantine species, improvement/optimization of PPN identification and detection methods, effect of abiotic factors on PPN survival and pathogenicity, identification of risks for PPN dissemination, knowledge of nematode–host interactions at physiological and/or molecular levels, and new sustainable and eco-friendly strategies for PPN management.
Dr. Carla Maleita
Prof. Dr. Isabel Abrantes
Dr. Ivânia Esteves
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