Special Issue "The Application of Viruses to Biotechnology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2021).
Interests: plant virology; plant protection; plant pathology; virus-induced gene silencing; diagnostic methods; gene expression
Interests: plant virology; virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS); RNAi; fungal ecology; plant pathogenic fungi; plant protection; molecular biology; plant parasitic nematodes; benthic nematodes
Viruses are capable of causing devastating diseases in several organisms; however, they are simple systems and can be manipulated to be beneficial and useful for several purposes in different areas. In medicine, they have been used for a long time in vaccines and are now being used as vectors to carry materials for the treatment of diseases, such as cancer, in specific target cells. In agriculture, they are being studied to introduce desirable characteristics in plants or render resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. They have been exploited in nanotechnology for the deposition of specific metals and have been shown to be of great benefit to nanomaterial production. They can also be used for different applications in pharmacology, cosmetics, electronics, and other industries. Additionally, they have been used in gene therapy to deliver specific genes into organisms. Thus, viruses are no longer only seen as bad pathogens. They have shown enormous potential, covering several important areas in our lives, and they are making our lives easier and better. While they have already proved their potential in some industries and areas of research, there is still a long road ahead. In this Special Issue, our aim is to contribute to the current knowledge on virus use and to highlight recent significant advances in the use of viruses in several fields.
Dr. Carla Varanda
Dr. Patrick Materatski
Manuscript Submission Information
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- viral vectors
- potential use
- plant protection
- gene therapy