Genomic Approaches in Plant Pathology

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 894

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Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources, Hellenic Agricultural Organization–Demeter, Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: fungal genomics; plant–microbe interactions; plant pathogens; breeding for disease resistance
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Dear Colleagues,

Plants are plagued by a wide range of pathogens. Nowadays, the ongoing advent in genomic technologies has allowed us to widely decipher the molecular mechanisms of plant–microbe interactions underpinning pathogenesis and host specificity, and has helped us gain insights into plants’ transcriptional immune responses and pathogen genetics. Furthermore, these genomic-based resources coupled with next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies reveal new insights into the genomic organization of numerous pathogens. Overall, these genomic approaches are effective and can be routinely adopted for crop protection and disease management applications in phytopathology.

The scope of this Special Issue concerns the contribution of various genomic or transcriptomic approaches in plant pathology towards a deeper understanding of various plant–microbe interactions. In this context, we undoubtedly aim to exchange knowledge on the employment and implementation of pathogen genomic techniques, such as pathogen genome-wide association studies, population genomics and genetics, metagenomics for unraveling the structural diversities of microbe communities, and plant transcriptomic approaches to challenging pathogens.

In this respect, we welcome the submission of any type of research article covering the applications of specific genomic approaches towards enhancing our knowledge of plant–microbe interactions and the control of diseases.

Dr. Antonios G. Zambounis
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • pathogen genomics
  • plant–microbe interactions
  • diseases
  • transcriptomics
  • next-generation sequencing

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Establishment of Functional PCR-Based Markers against Bacterial Leaf Blight Disease in Rice Landraces of Yunnan Province of China
Life 2023, 13(10), 2101; https://doi.org/10.3390/life13102101 - 23 Oct 2023
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Bacterial leaf blight is a devastating disease of rice worldwide. The resistant genes are routinely transferred from landraces to cultivated varieties through backcross breeding along with marker-assisted selection. In the present study, we use the gene-specific markers to screen the rice landraces in [...] Read more.
Bacterial leaf blight is a devastating disease of rice worldwide. The resistant genes are routinely transferred from landraces to cultivated varieties through backcross breeding along with marker-assisted selection. In the present study, we use the gene-specific markers to screen the rice landraces in Yunnan Province of China. We collected 404 representative samples of 24 different rice landraces from Yunnan Province of China. The initial PCR-based screening suggested that the leaf blight resistance was not evenly distributed in Yunnan Province. Our results indicate that there is a complete loss of resistance for landraces based on xa5 and xa13 genes. On the other hand, landraces harboring Xa7 and Xa21 showed a high level of resistance. Using gene-specific PCR-based data, we were able to identify the resistant, susceptible and heterozygous populations across Yunnan Province. The widely used Xa21 gene alone showed a remarkable level of resistance throughout the province, indicating its potential to develop broad-spectrum resistance in rice germplasm. The key aspects of bacterial blight spread according to local sites in Yunnan Province and the resistance conferred by different landraces due to the presence of different resistance genes are discussed. Full article
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