Advances in Plant–Fungal Interactions

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions".

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Institute of Genetics and Microbiology, University of Wroclaw, 50-137 Wrocław, Poland
Interests: fungi; yeast; cell lines; cell cycle; cellular response to stress (plants, prokaryotic, and eukaryotic organisms); environmental research; mitochondria; genomics; proteome; genetic adaptations to interactions in the environment
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Department of Mycology and Genetics, University of Wrocław, Przybyszewskiego 63-77, PL-51-148 Wrocław, Poland
Interests: mycology; speleomycology; phytopathology; plant–fungal interactions; antifungal agents; molecular biology; agriculture
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Dear Colleagues, 

Plant–fungal interactions is a very interesting topic that involves many different aspects of research and analysis. The interactions between fungi and plants are extremely important for agriculture, the environment, and the economy. The interactions between fungi and plants can be positive and negative. This issue has been studied for years in various manners. Nowadays, an important point is the protection of the environment against fungicidal chemicals. Research aimed at obtaining plants resistant to pathogenic fungi by, for example, crossing resistant varieties, are also important. An interesting aspect is the discovery of new fungal and plant interactions, as well as the analysis of the biological and genetic basis of this interaction. 

The new special issue of Plants will be devoted to advances in the study of plant–fungal interactions. We invite papers on the broad subject of fungal–plant interactions, showing the progress of research in this field. Furthermore, the discovery of new host–pathogen combinations or symbiotic forms, whose existence is positive for the environment; all environmental research concerning the application of chemical and biological antifungal agents; genome analysis; and the search for resistance and virulence genes are also welcome. Interesting issues to be undertaken may be the effect of climate change on fungal–plant interactions and the development of new fungal diseases. This subject is also important in an economic context, where it is worth emphasizing that cooperation between farmers and scientists is necessary for reducing the damage resulting from the fungal diseases of plants. 

We are looking forward to your contributions and thank you for them in advance. 

Dr. Magdalena Cal
Dr. Rafał Ogórek
Guest Editors

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  • plant–fungal interactions
  • virulence factors
  • fungal metabolites
  • plants response to infection
  • plant metabolites
  • biocontrol
  • agriculture

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Beneficial Effects of the Five Isolates of Funneliformis mosseae on the Tomato Plants Were Not Related to Their Evolutionary Distances of SSU rDNA or PT1 Sequences in the Nutrition Solution Production
Plants 2021, 10(9), 1948; - 18 Sep 2021
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The symbiosis and beneficial effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AM fungi) on plants have been widely reported; however, the effects might be unascertained in tomato industry production with coconut coir due to the nutrition solution supply, or alternatively with isolate-specific. Five isolates of [...] Read more.
The symbiosis and beneficial effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AM fungi) on plants have been widely reported; however, the effects might be unascertained in tomato industry production with coconut coir due to the nutrition solution supply, or alternatively with isolate-specific. Five isolates of AM fungi were collected from soils of differing geographical origins, identified as Funneliformis mosseae and evidenced closing evolutionary distances with the covering of the small subunit (SSU) rDNA regions and Pi transporter gene (PT1) sequences. The effects of these isolates on the colonization rates, plant growth, yield, and nutrition uptake were analyzed in tomato nutrition solution production with growing seasons of spring–summer and autumn–winter. Our result indicated that with isolate-specific effects, irrespective of geographical or the SSU rDNA and PT1 sequences evolution distance, two isolates (A2 and NYN1) had the most yield benefits for plants of both growing seasons, one (E2) had weaker effects and the remaining two (A2 and T6) had varied seasonal-specific effects. Inoculation with effective isolates induced significant increases of 29.0–38.0% (isolate X5, T6) and 34.6–36.5% (isolate NYN1, T6) in the plant tissues respective nitrogen and phosphorus content; the plant biomass increased by 18.4–25.4% (isolate T6, NYN1), and yields increased by 8.8–12.0% (isolate NYN1, A2) compared with uninoculated plants. The maximum root biomass increased by 28.3% (isolate T6) and 55.1% (isolate E2) in the autumn–winter and spring–summer growing seasons, respectively. This strong effect on root biomass was even more significant in an industry culture with a small volume of substrate per plant. Our results reveal the potential benefits of using selected effective isolates as a renewable resource that can overcome the suppressing effects of sufficient nutrient availability on colonization rates, while increasing the yields of industrially produced tomatoes in nutrition solution with coconut coir. Full article
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