Special Issue "Microbial and Plant Phytotoxins"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2021).
Interests: organic chemistry; bioactive natural substances; natural product isolation and characterization; spectroscopy; ecology; biological control
Interests: bioactive natural substances; spectroscopy; natural product isolation and characterization; organic chemistry; ecology; biological control; biopolymer for formulation of natural products
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Phytotoxins are generally considered secondary metabolites produced by phytopathogenic fungi and/or bacteria that play an important role in the disease induction on the host plant. They are frequently produced as a mixture of low molecular weight metabolites belonging to several class of natural compounds. The toxins are produced in vivo but also in vitro, and frequently, the latter reproduce similar symptoms to those observed in vivo. Microbial phytotoxins are able to cause serious diseases to agrarian, ornamental, and forest plants with consequently heavy economic losses in food quality and production and environmental heritage. Pasture and greenhouses are also affected by this problem. Rarely, the phytotoxins are host-specific but frequently possess different biological activities with potential application in different fields such as agriculture and medicine. When microbial phytotoxins are produced by microbes that are pathogenic for weeds, including parasitic plants, they represent an important tool to develop biohebicides. This strategy represents a green-friendly alternative to the massive use of chemicals, which are one of the main causes of environmental pollution and risk for human and animal health. Allelopathic plants also produce phytotoxic metabolites that can be used in different fields. In particular, in agriculture, they could be used to find new potential bioherbicides to combat weeds, including parasitic plants, through seed inhibition or stimulation and suppression of radical growth.
Thus, this Special Issue of Toxins will report articles describing both microbial and plant phytotoxins, focusing on their biological properties and their potential practical application in different fields.
Dr. Marco Masi
Prof. Dr. Antonio Evidente
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 double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxins is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- fungi and bacteria
- secondary metabolites
- biological activity