Special Issue "Soil Borne Plant Pathogens: New Insights on Biological Control and Agronomic Implications"

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: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Vitale
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Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania, Via Santa Sofia 100, 95123 Catania, Italy
Interests: plant diseases; phytopathogenic fungi; plant protection; biological control agents
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Dr. Rosario Paolo Mauro
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Co-Guest Editor
Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania, Via Valdisavoia, 5 - 95123 Catania, Italy
Interests: agronomic management in horticulture and floriculture; breeding of horticultural crops; crop physiology; vegetables quality; secondary metabolites
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, plant infections incited by soil borne pathogens represent a severe threat for many commercial crops, because they are able to cause increasing losses in yield and quality. They comprise damping-off of seedlings and vascular and root rot diseases, and the causal agents include fungi, oomycetes, some bacteria, nematodes, viruses (carried by different vectors) and parasitic weeds. Although very dissimilar, they share a common character related to close association with the soil, which plays in turn a direct influence on their survival and ability to cause disease, impacting also on agronomic practices to manage the soil environment. Moreover, soil borne pathogens are able to colonize tissues of non-host plants and have different modes for their spatial and temporal spreading. Due to favorable global climatic changes and international law restrictions for chemical molecules employment, the control of soil borne diseases is becoming hard and challenging. Rational management strategies should include any possible disturbance action to one or more of the disease factors to achieve a significant reduction of infections.

In this regard, this Special Issue welcomes original research papers, short communications, and review articles regarding basic and applied research in all new aspects of soil borne pathogens and their biological control. A better understanding of new facets and agronomic implications of applications of innovative biological means (e.g., biocontrol agents, hypovirulence, suppressive media, biological inducers of plant resistance, etc.) for integrated pest management could contribute to achieving an effective management of soil borne plant pathogens while simultaneously maintaining satisfactory agronomic production from a quantitative and qualitative viewpoint.

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Vitale
Dr. Rosario Paolo Mauro
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • soil borne plant pathogens
  • soil suppressiveness
  • biological control means
  • crops yield
  • product quality

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