Dr. Emilio Guerrieri, Research Director at the Portici Unit, have been invited to become the guest editor of a Special Issue, titled ‘Plant elicitors of resistance and the future of plant protection’, which will be published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijms).
There is a growing urgency to pass from an agribusiness to an agroecological approach for the protection and the management of agricultural systems. Agroecology is indeed born to promote solutions that guarantee a high level of efficiency and sustainability without sacrifying the productivity. 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. Interesting results have been recorded on the identity, role and application of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) regulating the interactions among plant, stressors and beneficials in different agricultural systems. Crop diversification has revealed the important role of companion plants to enhance the protection of the main crop. These tools and strategies all belong to an agroecological approach for plant protection and can be considered as a viable alternative to synthetic inputs to protect the agricultural systems.
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 to follow an agroecological approach in plant protection.
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.
Journal: International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067)
Section: Molecular Plant Sciences
Special Issue: Plant elicitors of resistance and the future of plant protection
Special Issue Editor: Dr. Emilio Guerrieri