Molecular Mechanisms and Approaches in Plant-Microbe Interactions and Disease Control

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 May 2024) | Viewed by 400

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Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, USA
Interests: plant virology; plant virus diagnosis; molecular plant–virus interactions; genome editing of plant pathogens; genomics
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Integrated Cropping Systems Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Brookings, SD 57006, USA
Interests: wheat rust diseases; fungal biology; soil microbiomes; crop–pathogen interactions; cropping systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plant diseases caused by fungal, bacterial, viral, nematode, and oomycete pathogens are a major threat to crop yield and quality worldwide. Due to the arms race between pathogen infection and plant disease resistance strategies, continuous efforts must be made to enhance disease control in agricultural practice; for this, a deeper understanding of the molecular mechanisms of plant–pathogen interactions is necessary. On the other hand, plant interactions with beneficial microbes may promote their growth and nutrient uptake. This Special Issue is devoted to recent advances in plant-microbe interactions and disease resistance at molecular, genomic, and microbiome levels, and cutting-edge approaches for plant disease control. All relevant molecular and genomic research topics are welcome, including but not limited to plant resistance gene identification and functional analysis, the molecular basis of biological control agent mechanisms, soil, leaf, and other plant microbiomes involved in plant growth, nutrient utilization, and pathogen control, effectors and their host targets, plant receptors for triggering resistance, pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs), plant pathways related to PAMP-triggered immunity (PTI) and effector-triggered immunity (ETI), crop genetic engineering and genome editing techniques for improving disease resistance, genome-wide association studies (GWAS), and quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping of plant genome loci contributing to disease resistance. We welcome original research and review articles targeting model plant and microbial species as well as popular crops, plant growth-promoting microbes, and important pathogens causing devastating damage.

Dr. Ying Zhai
Dr. Chuntao Yin
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  • bacterium
  • biological control
  • fungus
  • molecular plant-pathogen interactions
  • oomycete
  • plant disease control
  • plant growth-promoting microbes
  • plant nutrient utilization
  • plant resistance genes
  • virus

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