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Special Issue "Pathogenic Fungi: Morphogenesis, Pathogenicity and Biosynthesis of Secondary Metabolites"
A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X). This special issue belongs to the section "Fungal Cell Biology, Metabolism and Physiology".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 2555
Special Issue Editor
Interests: the regulatory mechanism of morphogenesis; secondary metabolism and pathogenicity, especially in the field of epigenetics
Special Issue Information
There are an estimated 1.5 million species of fungi, among which pathogenic fungi can cause diseases to human, plants, animals and even other fungi. Morphological changes are required for pathogenic fungi to cause disease. Physiological and environmental stimuli regulate morphogenic differentiation through conserved signaling pathways. In addition to cell size and shape, morphogenesis is linked to changes in cell-surface composition, which is required by diverse microbes to be successful pathogens. Pathogenic fungi utilize various pathogenicity factors for infecting their hosts. The effectors are important virulence determinants of pathogenic fungi and play important roles in successful pathogenesis, predominantly by avoiding the host-surveillance system. However, besides being important for pathogenesis, fungal effectors end-up being recognized by resistant cultivars of the host, which produce a strong immune response to ward-off pathogens. Pathogenic fungi, such as Aspergillus, Penicillium, Fusarium, and Alternaria toxigenic species, are found to produce a wide variety of toxic secondary metabolites, which can determine host specificity in pathogenic fungi.
In recent years, the development of molecular biology tools has led to the development of faster, more reliable diagnostic techniques for pathogens, providing valuable insights into the mechanisms underlying the adaptation and speciation of pathogenic fungi. The aim of this Special Issue is to characterize the morphogenesis, pathogenicity and biosynthesis of secondary metabolites of pathogenic fungi through comprehensive reviews, original studies and novel perspectives.
Prof. Dr. Zhenhong Zhuang
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- pathogenic fungi
- secondary metabolites