Special Issue "The Use of Genomic Technologies in the Biocontrol of Fungal Diseases in Crops"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Crop Protection, Diseases, Pest and Weeds".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 November 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. José Antonio Gutiérrez Barranquero
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Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea La Mayora (IHSM-UMA-CSIC), Departamento de Microbiología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Málaga, CP 29071 Málaga, Spain
Interests: microbial ecology; plant–bacteria interactions; biocontrol; bacterial phytopathogens; bacterial evolution; soil microbiome
Dr. George W. Sundin
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Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Center for Integrated Plant Systems, Michigan State University, 578 Wilson Rd., East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Interests: plant pathology; microbial ecology; environmental microbiology; plant–bacteria interactions; fungal pathogens
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Dr. Lucas William Mendes
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Guest Editor
Center for Nuclear Energy in Agriculture (CENA), University of Sao Paulo (USP), Sao Paulo, Brazil
Interests: microbial ecology; environmental microbiology; plant-microbes interaction; metagenomics; bioinformatics; rhizosphere microbiome

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fungal plant pathogens are one of the major constraints of crop production worldwide. It has been demonstrated that conventional agriculture could overcome this challenge using agrochemicals. However, the indiscriminate use of these compounds can produce negative impacts on the environment, on human health, and on food security. In the past few years, biological control strategies have arisen as relevant tools to control fungal diseases. Biological control mainly uses naturally occurring microbes that exert important antifungal activities, among others, by producing a plethora of secondary metabolites or competing with fungal plant pathogens for the same ecological niche. Importantly, in the last two decades, novel technological advances in plant breeding programs have provided a better understanding of environmentally friendly treatments to control fungal phytopathogens. Within that technological boom, the use of genomic technologies has offered, thus far, the most comprehensive approach to unravel the molecular mechanisms of plant pathogens and biological control agents. This Special Issue is focused on the use of genomic technologies, including genetics, comparative and functional genomics, microbiome, and metagenomic analysis, in the improvement of biocontrol of fungal diseases in crops.

Dr. José Antonio Gutiérrez Barranquero
Dr. George W. Sundin
Dr. Lucas William Mendes
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • biocontrol
  • plant–microbe interactions
  • fungal diseases
  • genetics, genomics
  • transcriptomics
  • microbiome analysis
  • metagenomics

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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