Response and Induced Resistance to Plant Pathogen

A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 133

Special Issue Editors

School of Agricultural, Forestry, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Basilicata, Viale dell’Ateneo Lucano 10, 85100 Potenza, Italy
Interests: molecular plant virology; viral vectors; biotic and abiotic stresses; plant disease; plant disease resistance; plant growth and development; plant biostimulant; sustainable production
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CREA Research Centre for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Via Cavalleggeri, 25, 84098 Pontecagnano Faiano, Italy
Interests: plant pathology; digital support systems for disease management; agroecology; biological control
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Rapid advances in modern techniques have greatly expanded human knowledge on plant–pathogen interactions and the opportunities for improving plant defense responses in order to avoid and/or limit infections and their negative effects.

The complexity of the mechanisms involved in plant defense responses to phytopathogens, including the induction of resistance and tolerance to attack, are always receiving attention in order to continuously increase the available resources and tools capable of managing plant diseases sustainably.

A pivotal role is played by the application of new and innovative eco/crop/food/animal/human-friendly systems, related to the inhibition or reduction of phytopathogens, by triggering defense responses in plant. Among them, bacteria, fungi, and their metabolites, as well as derivative compounds, are effective biocontrol agents (BCAs); natural and biologically active molecules, generated by secondary metabolism of the plant, have the ability to trigger responses against pathogens; and animal waste and crop residues are natural sources of substances that are applicable to agriculture systems in order to reduce pathogen pressure.

All components and the mechanisms involved in such systems must be studied to increase knowledge on this topic, give future direction to research on plant–pathogen interactions, open more opportunities to implement new plant defense strategies and properly manage plant diseases.

In this regard, this Special Issue aims to offer the opportunity for a challenge in sustainable agriculture, providing an updated overview of current advances in plant response and induced resistance to bacterial, fungal, and viral plant pathogens. Experts and researchers are invited to contribute original research articles and reviews that address issues related to the response and induced resistance mechanisms to plant pathogens.

Dr. Antonella Vitti
Dr. Catello Pane
Guest Editors

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  • plant–pathogen interaction
  • plant disease management
  • plant defense responses
  • plant induced resistance
  • bacteria
  • fungi
  • viruses

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