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Virus diseases endanger major crops not only by impairing growth but also by compromising produce quality and lowering marketable yields. This endangers food security and greatly affects the goal of reaching a 60% increase in food production that is needed to feed 10 billion people around the globe by 2050. ...

Virus diseases endanger major crops not only by impairing growth but also by compromising produce quality and lowering marketable yields. This endangers food security and greatly affects the goal of reaching a 60% increase in food production that is needed to feed 10 billion people around the globe by 2050.

Rapid advancement of sequencing technologies together with access to high-performance computer resources opened scientists to study plant virus interaction in an unprecedented way. Now we have the ability to go even single-cell resolution in studying transcriptional changes in plants. Collectively these technologies allow us to understand how viruses and plants interact and the ways we can manipulate major molecular players in order to achieve resistance.

In this research topic, our aim is to bring together original articles, reviews, mini-reviews, and short communications focus on deciphering transcriptional regulatory networks involved in plant responses to viruses using both second and third-generation sequencing technologies and computational approaches. This will expand our knowledge on gene expression dynamics of plant-virus interaction and will provide a foundation towards developing virus resistance crops.

The scope of this topic includes the following but is not limited to:

• Identification of the key players involved in initial plant-virus interactions
• Identification and characterization of immune-responsive genes using omics approaches
• Exploration of cis-regulatory modules associated with the transcriptional response to viruses
• Single-cell RNA-seq analysis of host-virus interactions
• Novel tools and techniques for identifying gene expression modules involved in viral response

Keywords: cistrome, host response, immune response genes, plant-virus interactions, RNA-Seq transcriptional regulatory networks, transcriptomics, viruses


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