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Special Issue "Fungal Infestations in Humans, Animals, Crops"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019).
Fungal pathogens continue to pose a formidable global challenge to agriculture and public health. With the global changes in climate and the upsurge in severe weather events such as hurricanes and typhoons, fungal infestations in plants, animals and humans continue to rise.
The impacts of fungal pathogens in plants have been known since the observations of wheat rust in the Middle Ages. Even with the application of modern crop management, massive fungal epidemics resulting in losses of crop yield with significant social and economic impacts are still prevalent. Also, deadly fungal toxins (mycotoxins) contaminate crops and continue to present significant threats to food safety. Fungi pose a significant threat to wildlife as well. The two most prominent examples include the spread of life-threatening ‘white-nose syndrome’ in bats and the chytridiomycosis in amphibians that has led to a sharp decline in the existing species.
In humans, life-threatening fungal diseases are gradually becoming a ‘silent epidemic’ within a rapidly increasing immunocompromised population across the world. Every year fungal infections kill more than 1.5 million people and infect over a billion people and are becoming one of the most challenging medical problems to treat.
Understanding the mechanisms of infestation in plants, animals, and humans is therefore critical to the development of new technologies to prevent and treat fungal infections.
The present Toxins Special Issue will present a collection of studies on different aspects of fungal infections: case studies, mechanisms, diagnosis, and prevention.
Dr. Anindya Chanda
Manuscript Submission Information
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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 double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxins 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 1800 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.
- Fungal pathogens
- Fungal infections
- Public health
- Fungal epidemic
- Plant infections
- Animal infections
- Human infections