Special Issue "Coping with Fungal Diseases in Crops: New Advances in Genomics, Breeding and Management"

A special issue of Genes (ISSN 2073-4425). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Anna M. Mastrangelo
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Guest Editor
Research Centre for Cereal and Industrial Crops, Council for Agricultural and Economics Research (CREA), 71122 Foggia, Italy
Interests: wheat; genetics; genomics; physiology
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Dr. Elisabetta Mazzucotelli
Guest Editor
Research Centre for Genomics and Bioinformatics, Council for Agricultural and Economics Research (CREA), via San Protaso 302, 29017 Fiorenzuola d’Arda (PC), Italy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fungal pathogens pose great challenges to crop production worldwide, with strong impacts on yield, quality, and safety. Especially in the context of current climate changes, new virulent races are emerging, which are overcoming established resistance genes in common cultivars. Moreover, they are spreading in areas in which they were not present before. Crop treatments with fungicides are not completely effective in protecting plants from pathogen attacks and raises serious concerns in terms of environmental pollution and agriculture sustainability. It is, therefore, of outstanding importance to develop new tools to strongly reduce the negative impacts of fungal diseases on crop production.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to present to the scientific community tools and methods to limit the damaging effects of fungal pathogens on crop production, taking a multidisciplinary approach. Manuscripts describing the genetic analysis of plant resistance to pathogens are welcome. New advances in crop genomics and breeding, along with the availability of the genome sequences for many cereal species, have opened up new opportunities for breeding, which were considered unthinkable only a few years ago, using new approaches to improve plant resistance. The impacts of fungal pathogens on crop production can also be limited through the correct use of agronomic practices. Manuscripts focused on these aspects are also welcomed in this Special Issue. Lastly, studies on epidemiology, especially in relation to the cultivars adopted by farmers, are very useful in understanding the diffusion and evolution of species and in adopting suitable solutions, including the choice of cultivars carrying specific R genes, in order to limit their impacts on crop production. Manuscripts are welcomed focusing on any of these aspects, which should report new information or novel viewpoints.

Dr. Anna M. Mastrangelo
Dr. Elisabetta Mazzucotelli
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Genes is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • crop fungal pathogens
  • functional genomics
  • resistance breeding
  • crop management

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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