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Small RNA in Plant-Microbe Interactions

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Plants and microbes constantly interact with each other through the reciprocal exchanges of chemical signals that affect metabolism, symbiosis, immunity and virulence. Several major players in these interactions including PAMPs, DAMPs, effectors, receptors and signaling components have been investigated in detail.

Recently, a novel concept in plant-microbe interactions has emerged. Plants and microbes exchange RNA molecules and interfere with RNA-mediated control of gene expression. sRNA from plant cells could move into a pathogen and target its virulence factors. Conversely, movement of sRNA from a fungal pathogen into its host plant cell could lead to the suppression of plant’s immune system.

The by-directional movement of sRNA field is fairly new and this Research Topic focuses on the role of sRNA in plant-microbe interactions and welcomes outstanding contributions addressing fundamental questions in this field including research articles and mini-reviews covering advances in the field.


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Plants and microbes constantly interact with each other through the reciprocal exchanges of chemical signals that affect metabolism, symbiosis, immunity and virulence. Several major players in these interactions including PAMPs, DAMPs, effectors, receptors and signaling components have been investigated in detail.

Recently, a novel concept in plant-microbe interactions has emerged. Plants and microbes exchange RNA molecules and interfere with RNA-mediated control of gene expression. sRNA from plant cells could move into a pathogen and target its virulence factors. Conversely, movement of sRNA from a fungal pathogen into its host plant cell could lead to the suppression of plant’s immune system.

The by-directional movement of sRNA field is fairly new and this Research Topic focuses on the role of sRNA in plant-microbe interactions and welcomes outstanding contributions addressing fundamental questions in this field including research articles and mini-reviews covering advances in the field.


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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02 February 2018 Abstract
02 May 2018 Manuscript

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02 February 2018 Abstract
02 May 2018 Manuscript

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