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Special Issue "Plant-Virus Interactions"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019.
Phytoviruses are highly prevalent in plants worldwide and one of the main threats to crops. The situation may become even more serious in the near future, as the current context of global warming may considerably favor virus emergence. For sustainable and healthy agricultural production, strategies for virus disease management must be developed that, to be effective, will require in-depth knowledge of the close interactions that viruses, obligate intracellular parasites, establish with their hosts. In recent years, considerable progress has been achieved in this area, but there is still a long way to go and there are many challenges to face. Some, though not all, of the questions that deserve further attention include: (i) Molecular analysis of components, in either the virus or the plant, which affect or modulate plant–virus interactions; (ii) molecular bases of viral pathogenesis; (iii) effects of environmental conditions on the outcome of plant–virus interactions; or (iv) interference of viral infection with host signal transduction pathways. In addition, the potential of viruses to be used as tools for rewiring metabolic pathways or for inducing stress resistance in plants is only starting to be looked at. With the advent of “omic” technologies and, more recently, the development of highly efficient next generation sequencing approaches, together with the continuous improvement of data analysis pipelines, new avenues are opened to shed additional light on the intricate interplay between viruses and plants. Moreover, innovations in biological microscopy and in genome editing strategies are allowing virus researchers, on one side, to explore connections between the virus and the host at subcellular levels, and, on the other side, to expand the capability to genetically probe virus–host interactions and to identify novel antiviral targets. For this Special Issue, I strongly encourage colleagues to contribute with their most recent results to better understand the sophisticated relationships that plant viruses establish with their hosts.
Dr. Carmen Hernández
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Plants is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- antiviral responses
- host factors
- viral pathogenesis
- host-driven viral evolution
- RNA silencing suppression
- virus resistance
- plant virus