Special Issue "Molecular Diagnosis and Control of Plant Diseases"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Crop Protection, Diseases, Pest and Weeds".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2023 | Viewed by 115

Special Issue Editors

Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, NC State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
Interests: pathogen detection; molecular diagnosis; fungal pathogens; phytobacteria; plant viruses; viroids; phytoplasmas; oomycetes; disease managment; early detection; sensitivity; PCR; qPCR;ELISA;RFLP; Artificial Intelligence
Department of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, Quincy, FL, USA
Interests: plant virus; diagnostic; recombinase polymerase amplification; multiplex RT-qPCR; RPA-LFT; viral genomics; CRISPR-RPA; cucurbits; vegetable; plant bacteria; molecular characterization; plant viral expression vector; plant bodies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plant pathogens cause significant losses by infecting the crops during the production stage and after harvest. The accurate and early diagnosis of plant disease is vital in managing the disease. In the changing climatic situations, numerous new pathogens and host reports are being made from across the globe. The diverse pathogens such as fungi, fungus-like organisms, bacteria, viruses, nematodes, viroids, phytoplasmas, insects, and weeds are being distributed continuously due to globalization and other anthropogenic activities. Disease diagnosis on the basis of symptoms may not be efficient to suppress these diseases as pathogens might become established well before the plant responds to the pathogen attack. Plant diseases can be coped with successfully if control procedures are introduced at an early stage of epidemic development. Recent advances in molecular biology, biotechnology, and information technology are being applied to the development of rapid, specific, and sensitive tools for the detection of phytopathogens. The scientific community is constantly making efforts to diagnose diseases in a timely manner using fast, accurate, and economical methods. This Special Issue invites authors to submit manuscripts on the development and use of immunological and nucleic acid hybridization-based methods, image sensors and artificial intelligence for pathogen detection in crop systems.

Dr. Swarnalatha Moparthi
Dr. Abdul Kader Jailani Amirudeen
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • plant pathogens
  • management
  • diagnostic
  • field-based detection
  • plant bacteria
  • plant fungal
  • plant viruses
  • advanced molecular detection
  • isothermal
  • insects
  • high-throughput sequencing
  • CRISPR-based diagnosis phytoplasma
  • serological detection
  • viroids

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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