About this Research Topic
In contrast, the impact of biotic interactions on plant development is relatively marginal, although other organisms are also part of a plant’s environment and they sometimes cause striking changes in plant development, including the generation of new cell types and new organs. Some of these new organs have a paramount importance in agriculture, such as the nitrogen-fixing nodules product of the interaction with microorganisms from the Rhizobia genus. In many cases, biotic interactions impinging on plant development and producing abnormal growth and new tissues are detrimental and involve pathogens such as bacteria, fungi and viruses. Parasites like arthropods or nematodes even induce pseudo-organs (galls). A common denominator in all these interactions is that the non-plant partner uses effectors to hijack host developmental circuits, exploiting plant plasticity to support or facilitate invader establishment, progression and reproduction. The study of such type of interactions is the subject of this topic.
The Topic will include original research articles using genetics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, epigenetics, or cell biology based techniques to tackle the study of cell fate modulation towards cell proliferation/ differentiation during plant biotic interactions. Reviews, technical notes relevant for the study of these biotic-interactions and historical perspectives are also very welcome.
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