Special Issue "Plant Virus Surveillance and Metagenomics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 22 December 2021.
Interests: plant health; biotechnology; diagnostics; epidemiology
High-throughput sequencing (HTS) has revolutionised plant virus diagnostics, allowing researchers to move from a binary targeted testing strategy to a non-targeted approach. With a few exceptions the main applications of these technologies in plant virology have been in unravelling disease aetiology. However, an increasing number of studies have looked at the use of metagenomics for surveillance to support both plant health epidemiology and agroecology studies. These broader studies are revealing new insights into the presence of previously uncharacterised viruses but also the host range and distribution of known viruses. These studies are also revealing new insights into apparently non-pathogenic virus host relationships and hitherto unrecognised aspects of the tri-trophic interactions between virus, vector, and host.
This Special Issue invites novel original manuscripts covering the use of metagenomics supporting plant virus surveillance ranging from field scale survey through to landscape scale surveillance. These could be focused on baselining presence, distribution, and ecology of viruses and their effects on plant health, virus vector or virus-host interactions, or can centre on method development for metagenomic surveillance ranging from sampling and sample preparation strategies to data analysis pipelines and methods to support interpretation of complex metagenomic data and viral interactions at different geographic scales and trophic levels. Submitted papers can include original research, reviews, and opinion articles.
Dr. Jan Frederik Kreuze
Dr. Adrian Fox
Manuscript Submission Information
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