About this Research Topic
We aim to address this Research Topic by defining what resistance and tolerance traits can do in terms of crop protection, exploring what is known about durability and breakdown of defensive traits and, finally, asking what are the prospects for exploiting these traits for crop protection.
The scope of this Topic will include:
1. Characterizing resistance and tolerance traits
2. Domestication and defensive trait loss
3. Climate change impacts on durability and breakdown of defensive traits
4. Breeding for resistance and tolerance in plants
5. Integration of plant traits with biological control
Complementarity with other Frontiers Topics: Our topic fits very well into the Crop Science and Horticulture section. To date, none of the 11 topics in this section have yet considered how crop traits affect biotic stress in the form of pests and pathogens. We therefore consider that this area is ripe for synthesis and makes a very timely and highly citable contribution to the literature and Frontiers in Plant Science in particular.
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