Special Issue "Plant Defense Genes Against Biotic Stresses"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018).
Interests: molecular events in the plant-pest interactions; plant perception and responses to phytophagous insects and mites; biotic stresses; control of pests and pathogens
Plant–pest and pathogen relationships are intricate interactions encompassing complex networks of molecules and signalling pathways and strategies to overcome defenses developed by each other. The induction of plant defense genes is initiated when specific receptors recognize either the presence of a pathogen (fungi, bacteria, and virus), or a pest (phytophagous insect, acai, or nematode), or the damage incurred by them, or even the existence of volatiles, emitted as plant–plant cues. The success of plants in withstanding biotic stresses depends on their fast response by triggering a wide range of specific genes and compounds with defense properties. These plant defences locally or systemically induced by biotic stresses are regulated by a complex hormonal cross-talk. Transcriptomic and proteomic profiles have demonstrated that plants may discriminate among species of pathogens and pests and activate specific responses. Metabolomic approaches have corroborated plants’ ability to differentiate species and determine the onset of indirect defense responses to complement the direct defenses.
This Special Issue calls all researchers involved in deciphering how plants use a wide and specific battery of genes to fight against pathogens and pests. Original articles and reviews covering all aspects on the understanding in the field of plant response to biotic stresses are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Isabel Diaz
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. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. There is an Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal. For details about the APC please see here. 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.
- early and late plant responses to pathogens and pest
- elicitors, effectors and plant receptors
- direct and indirect plant defense
- plant signal transduction and gene expression
- hormonal crosstalk in plant defenses
- plant defense and fitness
- plant-microbe interactions
- plant-pest interactions
- plant defenses against multiple