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Plant Pathology Research in China: A Centennial View

Edited by: Prof. Jun Liu and Prof. Xiaorong Tao

Plant Pathology Research in China: A Centennial View

Plant pathology as a discipline has been developed over one and a half century. We have benefited from the research achievements of plant pathology, by which we are able to deploy knowledge to make a better and healthier life. The teaching of plant pathology in China can be traced back to 1905, the year that the Agriculture College of the Imperial University of Peking was founded. Plant pathology was officially accepted as a subdiscipline until 1921 when the Department of Plant Diseases and Pests was established in the National Southeast University. The Department of Plant Pathology was first established in the Jinling University (Private University of Nanking) in 1927. After that, more and more colleges and universities accepted plant pathology as a major discipline. Looking back on the past 100 years, research community of plant pathology in China has grown up from a small group of people to a large force. Knowledge acquired from plant pathology research has been securing sustainable agriculture in China. Here, we organize a special issue to celebrate the centenary of the formal establishment of Plant Pathology in China.

This series was published in Phytopathology Research.

  1. RNA silencing plays an important role in plant antiviral responses, which trigger the production of virus-derived small interfering RNAs (vsiRNAs). The competing endogenous RNA (ceRNA) hypothesis revealed a un...

    Authors: Xinran Gao, Kaiqiang Hao, Zhichao Du, Sijia Zhang, Zhiping Wang, Mengnan An, Zihao Xia and Yuanhua Wu
    Citation: Phytopathology Research 2023 5:60
  2. Apple Valsa canker (AVC) has caused significant losses worldwide, especially in East Asia. Various fungal species from the genus Cytospora/Valsa can infect tree bark and cause tissue rot, and Valsa mali (Vm) is r...

    Authors: Hao Feng, Chengli Wang, Yanting He, Lin Tang, Pengliang Han, Jiahao Liang and Lili Huang
    Citation: Phytopathology Research 2023 5:45
  3. Sexual reproduction in fungi promotes genetic diversity and helps the fungus to adapt to environmental stresses. Fusarium verticillioides is a heterothallic filamentous ascomycete that is a major cause of maize e...

    Authors: Fengcheng Zhang, Tingting Tang, Fan Li and Wei Guo
    Citation: Phytopathology Research 2023 5:40
  4. Argonaute (AGO) proteins are highly conserved and widely distributed across various organisms. They mainly associate with small RNAs (sRNAs) and act as integral players of the RNA-induced silencing complex in ...

    Authors: Zhi‑Xue Zhao, Si-Jia Yang, Xiao-Xiao Yin, Xiu-Lian Yan, Beenish Hassan, Jing Fan, Yan Li and Wen-Ming Wang
    Citation: Phytopathology Research 2023 5:38
  5. Rice false smut, caused by Ustilaginoidea virens, is one of the most important diseases in rice. The disease not only causes significant yield losses in China and worldwide but also produces multiple types of myc...

    Authors: Siwen Yu, Pengwei Liu, Jiyang Wang, Dayong Li, Dan Zhao, Cui Yang, Dongyu Shi and Wenxian Sun
    Citation: Phytopathology Research 2023 5:16
  6. The pea enation mosaic disease (PEMD) causes significant yield losses worldwide. PEMD is caused by two taxonomically unrelated but symbiotic viruses, pea enation mosaic virus 1 (PEMV-1) and pea enation mosaic ...

    Authors: Xiaojiao Chen, Min Xie, Honglin Chen, Yue Zhang, Kehua Li, Pingxiu Lan, Taiyun Wei and Fan Li
    Citation: Phytopathology Research 2023 5:15
  7. Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) is usually a heterotrimeric enzyme, consisting of a catalytic subunit (C) and a scaffolding subunit (A) associated with a third, variable regulatory subunit (B). Fungi usually car...

    Authors: Rui-Jin Wang, Danrui Cui, Rui Zhao, Yujie Jin, Wenhui Zeng, Ye Yang, Linlu Qi, Lihui Xiang and You-Liang Peng
    Citation: Phytopathology Research 2023 5:10
  8. Transcription activator-like effectors (TALEs) are proteins produced by plant pathogenic Xanthomonas spp. TALEs exhibit a conserved structure and have the ability to directly bind to the promoter region of host t...

    Authors: Xiameng Xu, Ying Li, Zhengyin Xu, Jiali Yan, Yong Wang, Yijie Wang, Guanyun Cheng, Lifang Zou and Gongyou Chen
    Citation: Phytopathology Research 2022 4:47
  9. Fusarium head blight (FHB), mainly caused by Fusarium graminearum, is one of the most devastating diseases in wheat and barley worldwide. In addition to causing severe yield losses, F. graminearum produces deoxyn...

    Authors: Ming Xu, Qinhu Wang, Guanghui Wang, Xue Zhang, Huiquan Liu and Cong Jiang
    Citation: Phytopathology Research 2022 4:37
  10. Peach is a popular and important tree fruit widely produced in the world, and the production of high-quality peach fruit does require management of pests and diseases. In this review, major peach diseases from...

    Authors: Chao-Xi Luo, Guido Schnabel, Mengjun Hu and Antonieta De Cal
    Citation: Phytopathology Research 2022 4:30
  11. In China, soil-borne viruses transmitted by the root parasite Polymyxa graminis have caused significant yield loss in winter wheat for many years. At present, it is believed that two main soil-borne RNA viruses, ...

    Authors: Jian Yang, Peng Liu, Kaili Zhong, Tida Ge, Lu Chen, Haichao Hu, Tianye Zhang, Haoqing Zhang, Jun Guo, Bingjian Sun and Jianping Chen
    Citation: Phytopathology Research 2022 4:27
  12. Systemic necrosis, induced by plant virus-derived elicitors, is considered as one of the most severe symptoms. It has never been reported that the elicitors encoded by wheat yellow mosaic virus (WYMV) can indu...

    Authors: Yan Zhang, Chuanxi Zhang, Junmin Li, Jianping Chen and Gang Lu
    Citation: Phytopathology Research 2022 4:17
  13. Soybean mosaic virus (SMV; Potyvirus, Potyviridae) is one of the most prevalent and destructive viral pathogens in the world. The P1 protein is the first N-terminal product in the potyvirus genome and shows a hig...

    Authors: Chenyang Mao, Shiqi Shan, Yue Huang, Chong Jiang, Hehong Zhang, Yanjun Li, Jianping Chen, Zhongyan Wei and Zongtao Sun
    Citation: Phytopathology Research 2022 4:10