The sustainable protection of plants relying on all tools and strategies that have minimal impact on human and environment health has become mandatory under the increasing demand and pressure from public opinion and, even more, under the dramatic challenges posed by climate change. In this context, an important role could be played by the elicitors of plant resistance as a valid alternative to the use of synthetic pesticides. Strong evidence has accumulated on the role of plant-microorganism symbiosis, particularly at root level, in enhancing plant protection from biotic and abiotic stresses. Conversely, the study of the effects of abiotic elicitors, such as silicon, is still in its infancy.
The species-specificity of these interactions and their final outcome require a thorough understanding of the molecular basis regulating them, in order to develop tools (and strategies) to be exploited in the near future for a sustainable approach in plant protection.
Dr. Emilio Guerrieri
Istituto per la Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Portici (NA), Italy
Interests: Plant Multitrophic interactions, aboveground-belowground interactions, plant root symbionts, sustainable plant protection
Prof. Guido Lingua
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro, Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione Tecnologica, Alessandria, Italy
Interests: Plant-microbe interactions, Arbuscular mycorrhizae, Plant Growth-Promoting Bacteria, Plant biotic and abiotic stress.
Papers submitted to this Special Issue must report high novelty results about the identity of biotic and/or abiotic elicitors of plant resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses in crop or model systems, indicating the possible metabolites and metabolic pathways involved.
• biotic elicitors
• arbuscular mycorrhizae
• antagonist fungi (Trichoderma)
• PGPR / PGPB
• abiotic elicitors
• secondary metabolites
• molecular mechanisms
• biological control
• Induced systemic resistance
IJMS IF: 3.687