New Advances in Cereal-Fungal Pathogen Interactions

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Pest and Disease Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 1488

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Research Centre for Genomics and Bioinformatics (CREA-GB), Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, 29017 Fiorenzuola d’Arda, Italy
Interests: DNA-based traceability of plant and microbial species; mycotoxin monitoring; natural antimicrobials; transcriptome analysis of cereal–fungal pathogen interactions
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Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna, Viale G. Fanin 46, 40127 Bologna, Italy
Interests: molecular plant–pathogen interaction; mycotoxigenic fungal crop diseases; fungal genetics; fungicide resistance; plant genome editing for crop improvement; DNA-based traceability of plant and microbial species

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Dear Colleagues, 

Fungal diseases that affect cereals, the most important crops worldwide, are a major risk factor that influence food quality and security. A thorough understanding of pathogens’ adaptation mechanisms in hosts and hosts’ defense response modulation are key factors in the fight against fungal diseases. Different investigations offer information regarding fungal pathogenesis, host resistance, and mechanisms of action for disease control. In particular, omics techniques, including genomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metagenomics, provide valid and powerful tools to help widen our knowledge on intricate interactions among pathogens, hosts, soil natural microflora, the rhizosphere, and environmental conditions. 

We present this Special Issue with the aim to provide an international platform for a broad audience of researchers to explain and discuss new advancements in studies concerning the complex relationships between pathogens and hosts during fungal infection in cereal crops. We welcome original research articles, scientific reports, communications, and review articles.

Dr. Caterina Morcia
Dr. Katia Gazzetti
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  • cereal crops
  • pathogenic fungi
  • mechanisms of disease control
  • omics techniques
  • cereal genetic resistance

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22 pages, 1203 KiB  
Looking for Fusarium Resistance in Oats: An Update
by Caterina Morcia, Valeria Terzi, Roberta Ghizzoni, Ilaria Carrara and Katia Gazzetti
Agronomy 2024, 14(3), 505; - 29 Feb 2024
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In recent years, an increase of interest has arisen in oats due to their unique health-related properties. Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) is recognized as a major threat to oat production and safety. The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) assesses the [...] Read more.
In recent years, an increase of interest has arisen in oats due to their unique health-related properties. Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) is recognized as a major threat to oat production and safety. The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) assesses the risks of the presence of Fusarium-produced mycotoxins in foods and the tolerable intake level. This paper summarizes updates on Fusarium resistance in oats, describing the advances in phenotyping strategies and diagnostics methods and discussing the role of the infection process of the microbiome and bioactive compounds peculiar to oats. A special emphasis has been placed on the presentation of new genetic, genomic, and biotechnological knowledge and tools available today and their perspectives on breeding programs aiming to develop FHB-resistant genotypes. Full article
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