Bridging the Gap: Microorganisms and Their Role in Crop Disease

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 302

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Department of Plant Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8 Canada
Interests: the elucidation of the molecular basis underlying plant–pathogen interactions; the analysis of the genetic and molecular diversity of rhizosphere/soil/plant microbiomes; the investigation of plant functional traits associated with tolerance/susceptibility to diseases

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Guest Editor
Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Spanish National Research Council, 14004 Cordoba, Spain
Interests: development of molecular methods for detection and differential diagnosis of pathogenic variants of soil phytopathogenic fungi; study of the molecular bases and tripartite interaction plant-pathogen-biological control agents using molecular and -omic tolls; analysis of generic and pathogenic diversity of microorganisms that inhabit the rhizosphere and endosphere of plants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is still much to learn about the complex relationships between microorganisms and crop health in the ever-evolving field of plant pathology. Despite recent research efforts, a thorough comprehension of these dynamics is still elusive. This gap urgently needs to be filled, and therefore, our Special Issue will be a crucial contribution to the field. We are calling for research that sheds light on how plant-associated microbiota can affect the health and disease status of crops. Submissions that explore the underlying mechanisms of both symbiotic and pathogenic plant–microbiome interactions, with a particular emphasis on pathogen biocontrol strategies, are of particular interest to us. With this knowledge, new approaches to disease management and sustainable crop production may be developed. We welcome submissions from a wide range of fields to increase our collective understanding. Regardless of whether your work is based on plant pathology, microbiology, or another interdisciplinary subject, you can make a significant impact on this quickly developing field of study. We hope that you will take part in this Special Issue with great enthusiasm.

Dr. Martina Cardoni
Dr. Carmen Gómez-Lama Cabanás
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • phytopathogen
  • plant associated microbiome
  • plant disease
  • crop protection
  • biocontrol
  • rhizosphere
  • phyllosphere
  • endophytes
  • plant growth promoting microorganisms (PGPMs)
  • holobiont

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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