Special Issue "Plant Virology Applications in Human Health"

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915). This special issue belongs to the section "Viruses of Plants, Fungi and Protozoa".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 95

Special Issue Editors

Department of Cell and Systems Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
Interests: plant biotechnology; transgenic plant vaccine; plant virus nanoparticles for anti-cancer therapy
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Virology Laboratory, Department of Cell & Systems Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 3B2, Canada
Interests: virology; plant viruses; viroids; satellites; agricultural biotechnology; genetic engineering; food security; virus-like particles; viral nanoparticles
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the global population approaches 10 billion people over the next few decades, it is critical that new innovations be explored to address issues concerning human health. The proportion of elderly people will increase, and along with that, chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and cancer will become more commonplace. Medical infrastructures will be overwhelmed with the increase in patients with these diseases. Infectious diseases remain a concern, and emerging pathogens such as Ebola and SARS-CoV-2 will be difficult to handle. At the same time, the utilization of plant virus expression vectors and virus-like nanoparticles have enabled scientists to address global health in a completely new way. Engineered plant viruses are safe, efficacious, stable, biodegradable, and, importantly for middle- and low-income countries, inexpensive to produce. This research topic explores the use of plant virology to address important challenges in human health. Specifically, the application of plant viruses for medical imaging, drug delivery, vaccine development, and cancer therapy will be highlighted.

Dr. Kathleen Hefferon
Dr. Srividhya Venkataraman
Guest Editors

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  • plant virus
  • pathogens
  • chronic illnesses
  • virus expression vectors
  • virus nanoparticles
  • medical imaging
  • drug delivery
  • vaccine development
  • cancer therapy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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