Special Issue "Molecular Genetics and Genomics of Plant-Pathogen Interactions"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 8463
Interests: plant pathology; pathogenomics; effector biology; fungal virulence/pathogenicity; plant-pathogen interactions; quantitative genetics; plant disease resistance; minichromosomes in fungal pathogens
Plants lack an adaptive immune system; therefore, they rely solely on their innate immunity, mainly composed of cell surface and intracellular receptors, to fend off potential pathogens. Cell surface receptors are plasma membrane-resident pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) that detect conserved molecular signatures of potential pathogens called pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) through direct binding. The detection of PAMPs by PRRs triggers PAMP-triggered immunity (PTI), which is very effective against the vast majority of potential pathogens roaming in the environment. Diseases are, therefore, exceptions, and only in rare cases can pathogens successfully infect plants. The pathogens do it by subduing PTI using their effectors, which are small proteins secreted by the pathogens into the host cell cytoplasm. Plants have evolved intracellular receptors called nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat (NLR) receptors to detect these cytoplasmic effectors, activating effector-triggered immunity. So, this dynamic interaction between effectors and plant immune network determines the outcome of plant-pathogen interactions, i.e., susceptibility or resistance. The special issue aims to provide selected contributions to this complex interplay between plants and their pathogens with genomics and genetics perspectives. In addition, the special issue also welcomes articles pertaining to pathogenomics, fungal virulence/pathogenicity and genomes of emerging fungal pathogens of plants.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Genomics of emerging pathogens of crops
- Effector biology
- Plant disease resistance and genetic sources of disease resistance
- Molecular mechanisms underlying plant-pathogen interactions
- Enabling technologies to dissect plant disease resistance and pathogen virulence/pathogenicity
- OMICS (genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics) of plant-pathogen interactions
- Genetic dissection of crop resistance
Prof. Dr. Vijai Bhadauria
Prof. Dr. Wensheng Zhao
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- plant-pathogen interactions
- plant disease resistance genes
- molecular genetics
- pathogen genomes
- genetic sources of disease resistance