Special Issue "Plant Virus Diseases: Update and Perspectives"

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 August 2023 | Viewed by 130

Special Issue Editor

Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
Interests: virus evolution; RNAi; cap-independent translation; host resistance; phytohormones

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Viral diseases are behind most current epidemics and are challenging to manage. Due to the highly mutable character of viral genomes, viruses can evolve fast and adapt to new conditions, which allows them to expand their hosts' range (by overcoming resistance), and they can survive in many different ecological conditions. To successfully infect hosts, viruses use many strategies to hijack host machinery for replication and translation, and encode proteins to suppress host defense responses. To ensure virus infection in a plant population, viruses modulate the ecosystem that comprises plants, vectors, non-vectors, microbes, etc., to sustain in the environment. Current research shows that viruses can affect the secondary metabolites in plants, including phytohormones that play a critical role in plant-biotic and plant-abiotic interactions. However, critical research gaps remain on how ecology consisting of biotic and abiotic factors influences the viral molecular interactions with the host/vector, which could be engineered to better manage viral diseases and increase the longevity of host resistance in the field conditions.     

This Special Issue seeks to publish studies on viral proteins and RNA structures that facilitate the establishment of infection in plants, the effect of virus-induced/suppressed secondary metabolites on plant-biotic/abiotic interactions, and the environment-dependent dynamic functionality of viral proteins. All types of articles, such as original research, opinions, and reviews, are welcome

Dr. Sayanta Bera
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • phytochemistry
  • cap-independent translation
  • vector transmission
  • Systemic acquired resistance
  • RNAi

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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