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Special Issue "Advances in Plant Virus Diseases and Virus-Induced Resistance"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Plant Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 157

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Muqing Zhang
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Guest Editor
Guangxi Key Laboratory of Sugarcane Biology, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004, China
Interests: plant biology; sugarcane; plant molecular biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plants are affected by numerous viruses and viroids linked to the vegetative propagation practices in many cultivated species and the rapid virus transmission by natural vectors. This Special Issue deals with recent advances and perspectives in the study of viruses and viroids that affect plant species, mainly with regard to the detection and characterization of the viruses and viroids involved, their transmission, the analysis of the pathogenicity, and the search for novel genetic control tools. For one thing, new sequencing technologies are rapidly reshaping the way in which we can identify and characterize new virus and viroid isolates. In addition, specific efforts aimed at the identification of new viruses and viroids and the analysis of data from massive plant sequencing can reveal the presence of these and new or known pathogens. These technologies have also been used to deepen the knowledge on pathogenicity mechanisms at the level of gene expression and miRNA that underlie the interactions between plants and their main viruses and viroids. More recently, the epigenetic regulation of this response has also been addressed. Recently developed biotechnological control tools include the transfer of resistance through grafting, the use of new sources of resistance, and the development of gene silencing strategies through genetic transformation or CRISPR-type gene editing. Furthermore, the application of next-generation sequencing offers new opportunities for the in-depth characterization of viromes from different plant species. In addition, these novel genome editing techniques will contribute to improving our knowledge on virus–host interactions and resistance mechanisms. This global omic perspective will be analyzed and discussed in this Special Issue, which highlights the main implications of this recent development for the analysis of the plant virus diseases and the virus-induced resistance.

Dr. Pedro Martínez-Gómez
Prof. Dr. Muqing Zhang
Guest Editors

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  • virus detection
  • virus characterization
  • virus resistance
  • gene silencing
  • epigenetic regulation

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