Molecular Mechanism of Plant Defense against Pathogens

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2024) | Viewed by 222

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Fuxin Wang
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Guest Editor
Key Laboratory of Microbial Diversity Research and Application of Hebei Province, Baoding, China
Interests: plant immunity; pathogenicity; resistance; pathogen recognition; signaling transduction
Plants and Pathogens Group, Research Institute Land Nature and Environment, Hepia, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Jussy, 1200 Geneva, Switzerland
Interests: pathogens; plant genetic resources; plant pathogenic microorganisms; bioprospection; biostimulants; genomics; metagenomics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the coming decade, a 15% increase in global demand for agricultural products is projected, while agricultural products losses caused by plant diseases seriously impede this goal. Revealing the molecular mechanisms of plant–pathogen interactions, covering pathogenicity and plant resistance, is critical for developing novel strategies for efficiently controlling plant diseases. Through delivering proteins, toxins, small RNAs, or other molecules to their hosts, pathogens often suppress or destroy plant immunity. In turn, plants evolve to employ a two-layer surveillance system including PTI and ETI to recognize specific pathogen molecules and establish defenses. In the frame, the molecular function of components involving in pathogen recognition, signaling transduction and downstream executing have been dissected over the past 20 years. The aim of this Special Issue is to present the latest research on these molecular mechanisms to deepen our understanding of plant defenses, as well as strategies for controlling the causal pathogens. The pathogens include virus, bacteria, fungi, oomycete, and other possible harmful microbes, and the plant hosts involved include model plants, various crops, vegetables, and trees. This Special Issue highlights the intricate assembling of the plant immune system and its connections with plant physiology and development, and we hope that this Special Issue will spark new ideas for scientists in the field of plant pathology research.

Dr. Fuxin Wang
Prof. Dr. Francois Lefort
Guest Editor

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  • plant immunity
  • pathogenicity
  • resistance
  • pathogen recognition
  • signaling

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