Special Issue "Activation of Plant Immune System in Sustainable Plant Protection"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021) | Viewed by 1987
Interests: plant immune system; healthy soil; beneficial microorganisms; biological control agents; plant parasites; sustainable plant protection
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No durable crop protection strategy will be effective in the long term if the health of the soil and the quality of the irrigation water of the monitored cropping systems are not carefully taken into consideration in any integrated pest management. The vitality of the soil is crucial to activating plant defense reactions to a relevant number of biotic challenges. The scientific community has long ago acknowledged that such multiple defense reactions are organized by a specific plant immune system, which, like the human immune system, can be activated or depressed. The activation of the immune system of plants should be pursued by enriching the soil of the fields, particularly those intensively cropped, with beneficial microorganisms, such as arbuscular mycorrhiza forming fungi (AMF), bio-control fungi (i.e., Trichoderma spp.) and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR). Some natural plant metabolites, such as phytohormones and polyphenols, can also be considered as plant activators against diseases and parasites. Therefore, this Special Issue will collect papers focusing on a holistic approach to durable crop protection strategies that consider the very complex relationships occurring between plants, with or without a genetic background of pest tolerance and resistance, soils, beneficial micro-organisms, environment, beneficial insects, chemical activators, VOCs, etc. The outcome of these relationships determines the severity of the damage caused by a vast array of biotic attackers (bacteria, fungi, viruses, oomycetes, nematodes, insects, etc.). An additional factor that should be considered is climate change and its impact on possible outbreaks of dormant and alien pests.
Dr. Sergio Molinari
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- arbuscular mychorriza fungi
- biocontrol fungi
- plant immune system
- secondary plant metabolites
- sustainable plant protection