Special Issue "Bioinformatics for Plant Health"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2022) | Viewed by 2109

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Institute For Sustainable Plant Protection, National Research Council, Strada Delle Cacce 73, 10135 Torino, Italy
Interests: plant virology; bioinformatics; plant–virus interactions; virus biodiversity; virome characterization; RNA interference
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Istituto per la Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, 70126 Bari, Italy
Interests: soil-borne plant pathogens; beneficial microorganisms; soil microbiome; Verticillium; Pyrenochaeta; Fusarium; Streptomyces; biological control; integrated disease management; plant genetic resistance; plant-microbe interaction; microbe genomics; plant functional genomics
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National Research Council, Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, 10125 Turin, Italy
Interests: plant symbiotic interactions; arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi; symbiosis; bioinformatics; soil microbiome; genomics; numerical ecology
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Dear Colleagues,

Over the last few decades, “omics” technologies, strongly supported by the rapidly evolving field of bioinformatics, have emerged as successful approaches for investigating different aspects of plant biology, including the interactions of plants with the environment and microorganisms. Indeed, advances in High‐Throughput Sequencing (HTS) technologies have paved the way for a new generation of different “omics”, such as genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, and proteomics. They play an important role in elucidating the mechanisms underlying plant growth, senescence, yield, as well as responses to biotic and abiotic stresses in numerous crops and model plants. Moreover, HTS-based approaches have been proved to be pivotal for elucidating the complexity and the role of the microbiome and the virome associated with plants, becoming an integral part of plant health research. Nonetheless, they are opening new perspectives for pathogen diagnosis.

In this Special Issue, we welcome articles illustrating new insights into the use of HTS and, more in general of “omics”-based approaches, for plant health. Comprehensive literature reviews dealing with the state of the art and future directions on the impact of “omics” technologies for plant health are also welcomed.

Please feel free to contact Assistant Editor Ms. Eirland Zhang <eirland.zhang@mdpi.com> and Guest Editors' Assistant Dr. Vittorio Maria Nicoloso <vittorio.nicoloso@ipsp.cnr.it>. We will be happy to help you.

Dr. Laura Miozzi
Dr. Giovanni Bubici
Dr. Stefano Ghignone
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  • bioinformatics
  • plant health
  • omics
  • High‐Throughput Sequencing (HTS) technologies
  • abiotic stress
  • biotic stress

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Identification of Known and Novel Arundo donax L. MicroRNAs and Their Targets Using High-Throughput Sequencing and Degradome Analysis
Life 2022, 12(5), 651; https://doi.org/10.3390/life12050651 - 27 Apr 2022
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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of non-coding molecules involved in the regulation of a variety of biological processes. They have been identified and characterized in several plant species, but only limited data are available for Arundo donax L., one of the most promising [...] Read more.
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of non-coding molecules involved in the regulation of a variety of biological processes. They have been identified and characterized in several plant species, but only limited data are available for Arundo donax L., one of the most promising bioenergy crops. Here we identified, for the first time, A. donax conserved and novel miRNAs together with their targets, through a combined analysis of high-throughput sequencing of small RNAs, transcriptome and degradome data. A total of 134 conserved miRNAs, belonging to 45 families, and 27 novel miRNA candidates were identified, along with the corresponding primary and precursor miRNA sequences. A total of 96 targets, 69 for known miRNAs and 27 for novel miRNA candidates, were also identified by degradome analysis and selected slice sites were validated by 5′-RACE. The identified set of conserved and novel candidate miRNAs, together with their targets, extends our knowledge about miRNAs in monocots and pave the way to further investigations on miRNAs-mediated regulatory processes in A. donax, Poaceae and other bioenergy crops. Full article
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