About this Research Topic
Forests and forest health are in global decline from natural pressures and human-induced threats. Evolutionary adaptive responses are unable to keep pace with these disturbances as changing environmental and novel stresses, including climate-induced wildfires, wind disturbance, extended drought cycles or extreme precipitation events, air pollution, and the spread of invasive insects and plant pathogens are rapidly occurring. Frequency, intensity, severity, and rapid spread of these events make forest protection and solutions for mitigation challenging, yet vitally important.
This Research Topic aims to bring together a collection of outstanding manuscripts, including Original Research, Opinions, and Review papers, covering the current state of forest pathology research. The collection will provide novel insights into forest diseases including, but not limited to, host-pathogen-vector interactions of forest trees under different climatic disturbances, and explore the full complexity of mitigation strategies needed to protect our declining natural resources.
We welcome submissions on the following themes:
• The effect of different climatic disturbances on forest health
• Host defense mechanisms
• Modes of pathogenicity
• Stress-induced secondary compounds
• Host-pathogen-vector interactions
• Mitigation strategies to prevent further spread (i.e. rapid molecular detection, deployment of resistant hosts, assisted migration, pathogen adaptation, biocontrol strategies, and cultural practices)
Keywords: abiotic stress, biotic stress, forest pathology, climate change, plant-vector-host interactions
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