Recent Advances in Plant-Pathogen Interactions - 2nd Edition

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Microbial Diversity and Culture Collections".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 26 June 2024 | Viewed by 1151

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Faculty of Horticulture, Mendeleum—Institute of Genetics, Mendel University in Brno, 69144 Lednice, Czech Republic
Interests: high-throughput sequencing; bioinformatics; plant pathology; metagenomics; small RNA; grapevine trunk pathogens
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Dear Colleagues,

Studies of plant–pathogen interactions have historically focused mainly on simple models of infection involving single host–single disease patterns. Plant infections usually involve multiple genera, species, and/or genotypes and exhibit complexities not captured in single host–single disease systems. Recent insights into co-infection systems focusing on host–pathogen interactions will be included in this Special Issue. Moreover, the implications for host susceptibility/resistance are of interest. During the last several decades, the study of plant–pathogen interaction has been enriched by the advent of new technologies and the application of multiple omics platforms. Omics technologies reflect the dynamic concept of biological processes and provide a contemporary approach to viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens.

The aim of this Special Issue is to cover multiple aspects of pathogen interactions, with emphasis on the application of individual- and multi-omics-based technologies to uncover novel insights into the relationships between plants and their pathogens.

Dr. Ales Eichmeier
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  • plant pathology
  • high-throughput sequencing
  • symptoms
  • viroids
  • viruses
  • bacteria
  • fungi
  • omics technologies

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Coniolariella gamsii Causes Poplar Leaf Spot Disease in Xinjiang, China
by Chuli Liu, Hailong Lu, Hongjin Chen, Shuikang Chen, Caixia Wang, Zhiyong Zhou and Rong Ma
Diversity 2023, 15(12), 1190; - 30 Nov 2023
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Populus laurifolia is one of the most valuable tree species in the world and an important silvicultural tree species in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. In July 2017, an unreported brown leaf spot disease was observed on P. laurifolia in Altay City, [...] Read more.
Populus laurifolia is one of the most valuable tree species in the world and an important silvicultural tree species in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. In July 2017, an unreported brown leaf spot disease was observed on P. laurifolia in Altay City, Xinjiang. The causal agent of this leaf spot disease was isolated, and Koch’s postulates were performed to confirm its pathogenicity. Based on a morphological characterization and phylogenetic analyses, the causal organism was identified to be a fungal species, Coniolariella gamsii. The optimum mycelial growth conditions for C. gamsii are on PLPDA (Populus leaves potato dextrose agar) medium, at 28 °C, in the dark. The sporulation time when using PLPDA medium (12 days) is much less than that for PDA medium (25 days). Pathogenicity tests revealed that C. gamsii can also infect two other Populus species (P. bolleana and P. tomentosa). This is the first report of C. gamsii causing brown leaf spot disease on P. laurifolia, and the optimum culture and sporulation conditions have also been optimized for the first time. This study provides a theoretical basis for the diagnosis of this disease and the monitoring of the disease’s occurrence and epidemic status. Full article
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