Special Issue "Molecular Plant Virus—Insect Vector Interactions"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2016).
Interests: plant viruses; molecular plant-virus-insect interactions; potyviruses; rhabdoviruses; tospoviruses; virus transmission; mononegavirus taxonomy
Many plant viruses are transmitted by insects, including aphids, planthoppers, leafhoppers, thrips, whiteflies, mealybugs and mites. The mode of transmission can be non-persistent or persistent with or without virus replication in the insect. Over the last few years, molecular data on these interactions have increasingly become available and have revealed intimate associations between viral and host proteins that underpin uptake and transmission of plant viruses. This may include specific receptors in various insect tissues and close molecular interactions between propagative plant viruses and their insect hosts. Symbiotic bacteria have also been shown to play a role.
Insects mount immune and RNA silencing responses to propagative plant virus infections as the viruses move through insect organs and tissues. Plant virus infections of insect vectors may also effect their behaviour and may be linked to plant virus emergence. With the recent application of RNA interference technologies in vector insects and high throughput sequencing technologies, new insights can be expected on how they respond to plant virus acquisition, replication, movement and transmission. This may lead to identification of host proteins involved and to novel potential targets to control plant virus acquisition and transmission. This special issue contains both reviews and updates on research relating to plant virus – vector interactions at the molecular level.
Dr. Ralf G. Dietzgen
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- Plant virus acquisition and transmission
- Persistent insect transmission
- Non-persistent insect transmission
- Molecular plant virus-insect interactions
- Insect transcriptome and proteome
- Immune responses to plant virus infection
- Plant virus receptors
- Salivary gland and virus transmission
- RNA silencing defence