Special Issue "Nematophagous Fungi"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2023) | Viewed by 754
2. Laboratory for Southwest Microbial Diversity of the Ministry of Education, Yunnan University, Kunming 650091, China
Interests: interaction between nematophagous fungi and nematodes; microbiology; molecular biology; fungi; nematodes
In recent decades, significant concerns have emerged about the biological control potential of nematophagous fungi against nematode pests. Usually, this fungal group grows saprophytic fungi and will enter parasitic growth under the influence of nutrient starvation or nematodes. Their vegetative mycelia can be modified into trapping organs that capture and digest nematode preys. Around 160 species have been identified so far, and an increasing number of scientists have grown interested in developing environmentally friendly biological control agents to control the population of plant parasitic nematodes. However, the practical application of these nematophagous microorganisms is still limited, partly due to their relatively low effectiveness and inconsistency in agricultural and forest environments. Additionally, the diversity of trapping structures allows these organisms to elucidate the evolution complications and elaborateness of different cell types in the presence of nematodes. To date, studies using Arthrobotrys oligospora and Arthrobotrys flagrans as models of nematophagous fungi have identified pathways associated with autophagy, endocytosis, G-protein signaling, ubiquitination, and other pathways implicated in the regulation of lifestyle changes in these fungi.
The Special Issue will cover a variety of topics relating to lifecycle transitions, biological control, and infection mechanisms, as well as interactions with nematode populations. We aim to help to enhance current knowledge in this field. All types of articles will be considered for publication, including short reports, primary research articles, and reviews.
We look forward to your contributions.
Dr. Xin Wang
Prof. Dr. Yongzhong Wang
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- nematophagous fungi
- nematode pests
- saprophytic fungi
- plant parasitic nematodes
- nematophagous microorganisms
- Arthrobotrys oligospora
- Arthrobotrys flagrans