Special Issue "Application of Nature-Based Molecules and/or Selected Beneficial Microbes for an Environmentally Friendly Agriculture"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Pest and Disease Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Luca Nerva
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Guest Editor
Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, CREA - Research Centre for Viticulture and Enology, Viale XXVIII Aprile 26, 31015 Conegliano (Treviso), Italy
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Dr. Walter Chitarra
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Guest Editor
1. Research Centre for Viticulture and Enology, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Via XXVIII Aprile 26, 31015 Conegliano, TV, Italy
2. Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, National Research Council of Italy (IPSP-CNR), Strada delle Cacce 73, 10135 Turin, Italy
Interests: plant ecophysiology; genotype–environment interaction; plant–pathogen interaction; plant–AM fungi interaction; biocontrol; RNAi; plant priming

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change has been seriously impacting the productivity of most agricultural ecosystems in the world, causing an intensification of shifts in pest and pathogen spread, with devastating impact on the crop yield potential. Over the last few years, the intensification of plant diseases has resulted in a significant increase in the widespread use of pesticides all over the world. This has inevitably led to the rise of environmental sustainability issues with the request, from both social associations and legislation, to reduce environmental risks. In line with these restriction and public concerns, a number of nature-based products, biological control agents, and molecules or microorganisms able to induce plant resistance against biotic and abiotic stressors have been developed.

This Special Issue on “Application of Nature-Based Molecules and/or Selected Beneficial Microbes for an Environmentally Friendly Agriculture” will accept submissions of manuscripts focusing on the broad area of new sustainable approaches in agriculture, including but not limited to beneficial microbes, biological control agents, resistance inducers (both molecules and microorganisms), spray-induced gene silencing (SIGS), RNAi techniques, and every new technology able to improve the plant resilience to biotic and abiotic stressful factors.

Dr. Luca Nerva
Dr. Walter Chitarra
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 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.


  • sustainable agriculture
  • beneficial microbes
  • environmentally friendly technologies
  • RNAi
  • spray-induced gene silencing (SIGS)
  • nature-based products
  • biocontrol
  • resistance inducers

Published Papers

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