Special Issue "Interactions between Plant Pathogens and Insect Vectors"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Microbe Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2024 | Viewed by 60

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Mitsuru Okuda
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Guest Editor
1. National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, NARO, Tsukuba, Japan
2. Laboratory of Virology, Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Interests: molecular mechanisms; virus acquisition; insect vectors; virus-vector interactions; vector-borne plant diseases; vector-borne viruses; disease management.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue, "Interactions between Plant Pathogens and Insect Vectors: Implications for Virus Transmission and Control", delves into the intricate relationships between plant pathogens, insect vectors, and the resulting transmission of viruses. This collection of research articles sheds light on the multifaceted interactions that influence the spread of viral diseases in plants and explores potential strategies for effective control.

This Special Issue underscores the pivotal role of insect vectors, such as aphids, whiteflies, and leafhoppers, in transmitting viruses to plants. These vectors not only facilitate viral transmission but also impact the viral acquisition and inoculation processes. The complex interplay between vectors and viruses, as well as their interactions with the host plants, have far-reaching implications for disease development and progression.

Researchers within this Special Issue will investigate various aspects of these interactions, including the molecular mechanisms governing vector–virus–plant relationships, the influence of vector behavior on virus spread, and the ecological factors that shape these interactions in diverse environments. Additionally, this Special Issue will delve into cutting-edge techniques and technologies aimed at disrupting the transmission cycle, thus offering potential avenues for disease management and control.

By synthesizing current research findings, this Special Issue offers a comprehensive overview of the state of knowledge regarding the interactions between plant pathogens, insect vectors, and virus transmission. This knowledge not only advances our understanding of the fundamental processes driving disease dynamics, but also holds practical implications for devising novel strategies to mitigate viral infections in plants. Ultimately, the research presented in this Special Issue contributes to the broader goal of safeguarding agricultural productivity and food security in the face of emerging challenges posed by vector-borne plant diseases.


Dr. Mitsuru Okuda
Guest Editor

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  • molecular mechanisms
  • virus acquisition
  • insect vectors
  • virus-vector interactions
  • vector-borne plant diseases
  • vector-borne viruses
  • disease management

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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