Special Issue "Immune Mechanisms in Plants 2.0"

A special issue of Vaccines (ISSN 2076-393X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marcello Iriti
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Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Milan State University, Milan, Italy
Interests: environmental pollution; agrochemicals; mycotoxins; biomonitoring
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In their environment, plants have to cope with a plethora of biotic stresses, including pathogens, pests and weeds; in addition, these sessile organisms are not able to escape from an hostile environment. Therefore, plants have evolved a complex defense system consisting of a network of constitutive or inducible physical and chemical barriers. In these terms, plants are able to discriminate between self and nonself as well as to recognize different types of elicitors (exogenous and endogenous non specific or general elicitors, and specific or race-specific elicitors) by pattern recognition receptors or R (resistance) gene products. Noteworthy, triggering the plants’ own defense mechanisms by selected agrochemicals (i.e. elicitors and plant activators) represents an innovative and environmentally-friendly strategy to reduce the burden of conventional agrochemicals in crop protection.

Prof. Dr. Marcello Iriti
Prof. Dr. Sara Vitalini
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • plant innate immunity
  • one health
  • host resistance
  • non-host resistance
  • gene-for-gene interaction
  • systemic acquired resistance (SAR)
  • pathogen-associated molecular pattern (PAMP)
  • microbe-associated molecular pattern (MAMP)
  • herbivore-associate molecular pattern (HAMP)
  • damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP)
  • pathogen recognition receptors (PPP)
  • avirulence (avr) genes
  • resistance (R) genes
  • elicitors
  • plant activators
  • priming
  • phytoalexins
  • pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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