Special Issue "Breeding of Crop Disease-Resistant Cultivars"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2023) | Viewed by 11644
Interests: soybean and sunflower diseases; artificial infections
Archeological records tell us that for the past several millennia plant cultivation has been an inseparable part of human society. Modern agriculture has the great potential to “feed the world” but, on the other hand, could be catastrophically “out of step” with the environment. Plant breeding has been the most successful approach for developing new crop varieties since domestication, making major advances in feeding the world and societal development possible and creating “harmony” between agriculture and the environment. Crop improvements through plant breeding programs, primarily focusing on improving a crop’s environmental adaptability and biotic stress tolerance in order to increase yield, have allowed agricultural production to keep pace with human population growth.
Crops are susceptible to a large set of pathogens including fungi, bacteria, and viruses, which cause important economic losses. The enhancement of plant resistance plays an important role in adjusting crop production to meet global population increases.
Genetic resistance represents the most economical approach to crop protection. One goal of understanding plant/pathogen interactions at the molecular level is to facilitate disease resistance in crop species. Disease resistance is often the most dynamic component of the crop breeding process, requiring continual updating owing to pathogen adaptation to plant genotypes to engineer resistance that is broad (effective against most or all genotypes of the pathogen) and durable (lasting through many cropping seasons). Due to the high evolutionary potential of many plant pathogens, novel genotypes no longer sensitive to the resistance gene or the phytosanitary product can rapidly emerge via mutation or recombination.
During pre-genomic years, traditional breeding programs were uncertain and imprecise, leading, for instance, to the transfer of large genome regions instead of just single gene insertions. New breeding techniques are attracting attention in plant research and concern many different areas, plant pathogen resistance among others, including the most recent and powerful molecular approaches for precise genetic modifications of single or multiple gene targets.
Research on the interactions between plants and pathogens has become one of the most rapidly moving fields in the plant sciences, findings of which have contributed to the development of new strategies and technologies for crop protection.
Creation of crops resistant/tolerant to economically important diseases is an exciting area of research. We have therefore established a Special Issue dedicated to “Breeding of crop disease-resistant cultivars” and invite you to contribute. This Special Issue will focus on newly created cultivars resistant or less susceptible to diseases caused by fungi, bacteria and viruses, interactions between plants and pathogens, resistance genes, breeding methods, and other issues concerning the creation of disease-resistant cultivars.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Tomislav Duvnjak
Dr. Aleksandra Sudarić
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- plant breeding
- disease resistance
- plant-pathogen interactions
- resistance genes
- breeding methods