Special Issue "Fusarium and Mycotoxin"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Microbe Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Kris Audenaert
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Department of Plants and Crops, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Valentin Vaerwyckweg 1, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Interests: plant–pathogen interactions; biocontrol; endophytic fungi; green leaf volatiles (GLVs); biogenic volatile compounds (BVOCs); plant defense priming; plant hormones; phenomics; genome-editing in fungi; plant defense pathways; biodegradation of mycotoxins; mycotoxin prediction and modelling; bioassays to assess toxicity of trichothecenes and their derivatives
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Dr. Maarten Ameye
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Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Department of Applied Biosciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Interests: plant priming; plant signaling; Fusarium; green leaf volatile

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues

Fungi belonging to the genus Fusarium are known to have the capacity to produce a plethora of secondary metabolites. When these metabolites are toxic for humans and/or animals, they are called mycotoxins. The majority of the Fusarium spp. are plant pathogens causing huge yield losses in different crops (e.g. cereals, banana, tomato etc.). Depending on the species and/or isolate, the mycotoxins comprise polyketides, terpenoids, cyclodepsipeptides and many others. Recent advances in epidemiology have shown that climate change pushes these fungi to geographic areas where they have not been reported before, so research on this genus is timely and highly needed.

For some of these mycotoxins, their role in fungal development and epidemiology has been studied in detail. Nevertheless, for many other members of the Fusarium genus, their role in the fungal life cycle remains enigmatic.

In this special issue, we kindly invite the Fusarium research community, to submit papers that provide the newest insights into the role of well-known and emerging mycotoxins in the biology, physiology and epidemiology of Fusarium spp. We encourage the submission of papers that focus on Fusarium spp. and their mycotoxins interacting with other crops than cereals. Papers dealing merely with survey data are not suited to be published in this special issue of Microorganisms.

We hope that the contributions in this special issue will shed new lights on this intriguing genus and its toxic metabolites. We welcome both original research papers and review papers.

Prof. Dr. Kris Audenaert
Dr. Maarten Ameye
Guest Editors

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Fusarium Head Blight: Effect of Infection Timing on Spread of Fusarium graminearum and Spatial Distribution of Deoxynivalenol within Wheat Spikes
Microorganisms 2021, 9(1), 79; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/microorganisms9010079 - 30 Dec 2020
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Most studies of Fusarium head blight (FHB) focused on wheat infection at anthesis. Less is known about infections at later stages. In this study, the effect of infection timing on the development of FHB and the distribution of fungal biomass and deoxynivalenol (DON) [...] Read more.
Most studies of Fusarium head blight (FHB) focused on wheat infection at anthesis. Less is known about infections at later stages. In this study, the effect of infection timing on the development of FHB and the distribution of fungal biomass and deoxynivalenol (DON) along wheat spikes was investigated. Under greenhouse conditions, two wheat varieties were point-inoculated with Fusarium graminearum starting from anthesis until 25 days after anthesis. The fungus and fungal DNA were isolated from the centers and the bases of all the spikes but not from the tips for all inoculation times and both varieties. In each variety, the amount of fungal DNA and the content of DON and deoxynivalenol-3-glucoside (DON-3-G) were higher in the center than in the base for all inoculation times. A positive correlation was found between the content of fungal DNA and DON in the centers as well as the bases of both varieties. This study showed that F. graminearum grows downward within infected wheat spikes and that the accumulation of DON is largely confined to the colonized tissue. Moreover, F. graminearum was able to infect wheat kernels and cause contamination with mycotoxins even when inoculated 25 days after anthesis. Full article
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