Disease management publishes research on tools and strategies to monitor and control pathogens that cause economic losses to horticultural and field crops, whether grown for food, feed, fibre, fuel or other uses, grown outdoors or in controlled environments, in temperate and tropical regions. The focus is on microbial pathogens of crops including viroids, viruses, bacteria, rhizaria, oomycetes, fungi, and other microorganisms that can cause plant diseases. Studies on nematodes also fall under this section.
Topics covered by this section include, but are not limited to:
Emerging and re-emerging diseases
Innovative tools for identification and diagnosis
Disease epidemiology: monitoring, phenotyping, forecasting, modelling
Cultural practices to control plant diseases (crop rotation, organic amendments, cover crops, fertilizer usage, crop residue management, intercropping, soil disinfestation techniques, etc.)
Physical methods to control plant diseases (e.g. light, heat, irradiation, etc.)
Host plant resistance to diseases (traditional breeding, transgenic approaches, genome editing, induced resistance, etc.)
Fungicides: use in IPM programmes, fungicide resistance, anti-resistance strategies, innovative formulations and application methods, plant resistance inducers, etc.
Biological control of plant diseases (e.g. microbial antagonists, enhancement of natural antagonistic populations)
Biopesticides based on natural products
Integrated and system approaches to manage plant diseases
Legislation and regulation related to plant disease management
Studies that only show pathogen control in vitro will not be considered. Studies about disease management in forestry or postharvest will not be considered.
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Disease Management welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review and Systematic Review.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Disease Management, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
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