Special Issue "Current Status and Management of Coffee Rust Disease"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2021) | Viewed by 36298
Interests: plant pathology; plant–microbe interactions; coffee leaf rust; coffee berry disease; plant defense responses; microbial mechanisms of pathogenicity
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Coffee is not only a vital presence in the daily life of a significant share of the world´s population, which consumes about 3 billion cups of coffee a day, but also the most important agricultural commodity. It is crucial to the economy of more than 50 countries and constitutes the major source of livelihood for between 12 and 25 million farmers worldwide. One of the main limiting factors for the sustainable farming of Arabica coffee, which currently represents 59% of the world’s coffee production, is coffee leaf rust (CLR), a disease caused by the biotrophic fungus Hemileia vastatrix. Since first historical burst of CLR in the 19th century, which caused the eradication of coffee cultivation in Sri Lanka, the disease has spread to all of the coffee cultivation areas in the world. The losses caused by CLR are estimated to be 1–2 billion U.S. dollars annually.
Coffee breeding for rust resistance has been one of the most suitable and sustainable strategies for controlling the disease. However, the pathogen’s high degree of variability and adaptability, together with the consequent occurrence of frequent shifts in pathotypes, has resulted in the gradual loss of resistance of some varieties. Furthermore, since 2008, there has been a serious cluster of outbreaks of CLR across the Americas, which has been associated with changes in meteorological patterns, in the rust fungus itself, and in the ecology of coffee farms. This scenario shows us that, despite all the progress made so far in CLR research, there remains an unceasing need to better understand the dynamics of H. vastatrix populations and the mechanisms controlling plant resistance and fungal pathogenicity in order to breed efficiently for durable resistance.
This Special Issue aims to describe recent advances in CLR research, particularly in different coffee-growing regions, and provide new directions for sustainable disease control strategies. We welcome all scientific work (original research articles, reviews, short communications, opinion and perspectives papers) addressing one or more of the following topics:
- pathogen genetic diversity;
- plant–pathogen effectors;
- plant genetic resistance;
- mechanisms of plant resistance and tolerance;
- impact of climate changes on coffee leaf rust;
- breeding strategies to achieve durable resistance; and
- sustainable disease control strategies.
Dr. Maria Céu Lavado da Silva
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- Hemileia vastatrix
- coffee leaf rust
- pathogen genetic diversity
- plant genetic resistance
- mechanisms of plant resistance and tolerance
- durable resistance
- sustainable disease control strategies.