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Advances in the understanding of the pine wilt disease and in its management strategy

Guest editors: Christelle Robinet, INRAE, and Géraldine Roux-Morabito, Université d'Orléans 

The pine wood nematode, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, is an important threat to pine trees together with its insect vector (Monochamus spp.). To understand the susceptibility of pine trees requires multidisciplinary approaches gathering experts in nematology, entomology, tree resistance, ecology, genetics and modelling. So far, keys for eradicating the pine wood nematode are missing but ongoing researches provide new insights in this complex mechanism that could help refining the management strategy and improving its effectiveness.

We invite all interested authors to contribute to thistopical issue, through: 

- Review papers (for instance providing an updated overview of the interactions among the different multi-players, or an updated overview and/or comparison on the pine wood nematode management strategies), 

- Research papers dealing with specific aspects of the pine wilt disease issue 

- Opinion papers providing new insights about open research paths that would deserve further attention 

- Data papers providing access to original data sets dealing with this topic

n particular, we encourage authors who presented their results in the frame of the IUFRO symposium on pine wilt disease (Nov 2021) to submit manuscripts related to their talk. However, this topical issue also welcomes contributions not associated with this symposium as long as it fits the scope mentioned above. 

Submissions are open and close by the end of December 2023. 

Note that Annals of Forest Science is published under a continuous publication scheme (papers are published as soon as they have been accepted)

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Submission Instructions: Prior to submission, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for the journal. To ensure that you submit to the correct article collection, please select the topical collection "Pine Wilt Disease" in the drop-down menu upon submission; in addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish for your manuscript to be considered within this collection.

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Articles published in this collection

  1. Dihydropinosylvin monomethyl ether (DPME) and pinosylvin monomethyl ether (PME) are pinosylvin derivatives that show high nematicidal activity against pine wood nematodes (PWNs). Here, we found that fungal eli...

    Authors: Yi Rae Kim, Young Bum Moon, Han Bin Choi, Jung Yeon Han, Han Suk Choi, Sangrea Shim and Yong Eui Choi
    Citation: Annals of Forest Science 2024 81:18
  2. The invasive pine wood nematode is a major threat to pine forests worldwide, causing extensive tree mortality. Although scientific knowledge and control measures are continuously improving, important gaps rema...

    Authors: Christelle Robinet, Annie Raffin, Hervé Jactel, Emmanuel Kersaudy, Philippe Deuffic, Armand Clopeau, Hoël Hotte, Marc Kleinhentz, Cécile Robin, Géraldine Roux, Laure Villate and Philippe Castagnone-Sereno
    Citation: Annals of Forest Science 2024 81:16
  3. The resistance of Pinus pinaster Aiton to pinewood nematode Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (Steiner and Buhrer) varied among populations from the Iberian Peninsula, with survival rates for inoculated seedlings rangin...

    Authors: Esteban Torres-Sánchez, María Menéndez-Gutiérrez, Lucía Villar and Raquel Díaz
    Citation: Annals of Forest Science 2023 80:33
  4. This study takes stock of the first 20 years (2000–2019) of monitoring the pine wood nematode (PWN) in metropolitan France. While PWN was never found in the wild during this period, it was reported in some woo...

    Authors: Nicolas Mariette, Hoël Hotte, Anne-Marie Chappé, Marie Grosdidier, Géraldine Anthoine, Corinne Sarniguet, Odile Colnard, Emmanuel Kersaudy, Marie-Thérèse Paris, Emmanuel Koen and Laurent Folcher
    Citation: Annals of Forest Science 2023 80:21
  5. There are various pathways for infesting pine trees with the pinewood nematode (PWN), Bursaphelenchus xylophilus. As a result of the experiment, we determined that sawdust infested with the nematode can pose a ph...

    Authors: Elena N. Arbuzova, Oleg A. Kulinich, Andrey A. Chalkin, Natalia I. Kozyreva, Vyacheslav V. Gorbach and Alexander Yu. Ryss
    Citation: Annals of Forest Science 2023 80:6

    The Correction to this article has been published in Annals of Forest Science 2024 81:10

  6. In mixed stands of Pinus pinaster and Pinus pinea, fewer insect vectors of the pinewood nematode (PWN) were captured than in pure P. pinaster stands. This finding has practical implications for PWN disease manage...

    Authors: Inge van Halder, Alberto Sacristan, Jorge Martín-García, Juan Alberto Pajares and Hervé Jactel
    Citation: Annals of Forest Science 2022 79:43