Special Issue "Diversity, Phylogeny, Epidemiology and Management of Conifer Needle Diseases"

A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X). This special issue belongs to the section "Fungal Evolution, Biodiversity and Systematics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 84

Special Issue Editors

Forest Science, Neiker-Tecnalia Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, Gasteiz / Vitoria, Bizkaia, Spain
Interests: forest diseases; genetic diversity; physiology; impact prediction; management
Dr. Nebai Mesanza
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Guest Editor
Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, Derio, Spain
Interests: forest diseases; genetic diversity; physiology; Impact prediction; management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Conifer defoliation diseases are a current issue in the field of forest health. These diseases have been widespread and have caused severe defoliation and mortality in exotic and native conifer ecosystems, even in places where they had not been detected before. Silvicultural practices, such as not planting susceptible hosts next to infected trees, and promoting good air circulation can help to prevent disease problems. However, once the needle disease is established, their control is complicated without the application of fungicides. The recent increase in the incidence and severity of these diseases could be closely related to climate change factors that often result in warmer and wetter conditions in addition to the own nature of the pathogens and their interaction. An urgent global strategy facilitated by collaborative programs and research is needed. This special issue is an attempt to share scientific information to understand the diversity, and ecology of these diseases, their interactions, the main environmental causes of this outbreak, and the ways to define research paths through sustainable management strategies.

Dr. Eugenia Iturritxa
Dr. Nebai Mesanza
Guest Editors

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  • needle diseases
  • blight
  • conifer
  • epidemiology
  • ecology
  • management
  • climate change

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