Special Issue "Genetic Research on Plants Herbicide Resistance"

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: 10 November 2023 | Viewed by 121

Special Issue Editors

Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP-CNR), National Research Council of Italy, Viale dell’Università 16, 35020 Legnaro, Italy
Interests: non-target site resistance (NTSR); target site resistance (TSR); population genetics; enhanced metabolism; haplotyping; NGS; resistance detection
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Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP-CNR), National Research Council of Italy, Viale dell’Università 16, 35020 Legnaro, Italy
Interests: weed science; herbicide resistance; integrated weed management; target-site resistance; non-target site resistance
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Herbicides are essential tools in modern agriculture because they provide a simple, very fast, and cost-effective method to control weeds. After the 1990s, the discovery of new molecules and SoA decreased rapidly. Furthermore, many molecules have been banned after evidence of their negative impact on human, animal, or environmental health, and many suspected others are going to be banned. We currently rely on a very limited number of molecules that are considered safe and effective, and the challenge is to prolong their life as much as possible. The repetitive use of chemicals with the same site of action (SoA) exerts a selection pressure that inevitably results in the evolution of adaptive traits allowing weeds to survive the herbicide treatments.

The list of species and SoAs involved in herbicide resistance is continuously growing, threatening the sustainability of food production all over the world. The comprehension of the genetic factors that promote the evolution of resistance, by characterizing their molecular mechanisms, is crucial to contrast/prevent the spread of resistance and to potentially discover new SoAs. In recent years, the spread of NGS technologies for genotyping and functional genomics (such as genome-wide analyses GWAS, Raq-Seq, RNA-seq, and single molecule sequencing) has led to incredible advances in understanding both target site resistance (TSR) and non-target site resistance (NTSR) mechanisms and inheritance modes.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to collect papers describing:

  • New cases of herbicide resistance, involving new species, new SoAs, new mutations, new substitutions, or new geographical areas. Papers based on analyses of both populations or biotypes, or artificial biological material would be considered for publication. The description of how the material was obtained must be clearly stated in the materials and methods.
  • New methods (meaning new in vivo, in vitro, or molecular assays, statistical analyzes, software, or packages) or protocols to detect/characterize herbicide resistance and/or the resistance mechanism.

Exclusively for the description of well-known resistance mechanisms, e.g., the point mutation 574 at ALS, dose–response experiments will not be mandatory, if other assays are carried out to prove and describe the mechanism (e.g., herbicide treatment at the field dose plus sequencing of survivors).

Dr. Andrea Milani
Dr. Silvia Panozzo
Guest Editors

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  • non-target site resistance (NTSR)
  • target site resistance (TSR)
  • population genetics
  • cross-resistance
  • multiple resistance
  • enhanced metabolism
  • RNA-Seq
  • haplotype
  • RADSeq
  • resistance detection

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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