Mitigating Soil-Borne Diseases in Horticultural Crops: Current Challenges and Management Strategies

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Pathology and Disease Management (PPDM)".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 May 2024 | Viewed by 353

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Liangliang Liu
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College of Life Science and Environmental Resources, Yichun University, Yichun 336000, China
Interests: soil-borne disease; reductive soil disinfestation; soil microbial community; soil function; plant-soil feedback; interaction between soil biotic and abiotic factors
College of JunCao Science and Ecology, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, China
Interests: plant microbiome; replant disease; plant-soil feedback; rhizosphere ecology; soil health; biocontrol strategy
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Dr. Xinqi Huang
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Guest Editor
School of Geography Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China
Interests: soil pathogens; soil microbiology; sustainable agriculture; crop production; microbial molecular biology; organic farming

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue, "Mitigating Soil-Borne Disease in Horticultural Crops: Current Challenges and Management Strategies", aims to address the pressing issue of soil-borne pathogens affecting horticultural crops. These pathogens, including bacteria, fungi, and nematodes, have a detrimental impact on crop yield and can lead to significant economic losses.

In recent times, soil-borne diseases have become a major obstacle to the sustainable production of horticultural crops. Therefore, finding effective solutions to control the occurrence of these diseases has become an interdisciplinary field of research, involving soil science, biology, ecology, chemistry, physics, and plant nutrition.

The objective of this Special Issue is to showcase innovative studies, methods, and techniques that have successfully tackled soil-borne disease problems in horticultural crops. This may include the use of reductive soil disinfestation, biological control, new chemical fumigation, crop rotation, resistance breeding, and any other innovative approaches that have improved the efficiency of disease suppression in the soil. Additionally, theoretical research related to the impact of soil–plant system feedback mechanisms on soil-borne disease occurrence and the interactions between disease occurrence and changes in biotic or abiotic environmental factors is also welcome.

Overall, this Special Issue aims to contribute to the development of sustainable cultivation practices for horticultural crops by presenting the latest advancements in the management of soil-borne diseases. By sharing successful strategies and exploring theoretical aspects of disease occurrence, it is hoped that this collection of research will help mitigate the challenges faced by the horticultural industry and ensure the long-term productivity and economic viability of horticultural crops.

Dr. Liangliang Liu
Dr. Linkun Wu
Dr. Xinqi Huang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • plant–soil ecosystem
  • soil-borne pathogens
  • soil environmental factors
  • biological control
  • sustainable cultivation
  • soil health

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