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Horticultural Crop Immunity

Call for Papers: Horticultural Crop Immunity

Molecular Horticulture is currently organizing a special issue regarding a topic: Horticultural Crop Immunity.

Briefly, diseases and insects are major restriction factors which not only causes big yield loss but also reduce horticulture crop quality. Plants depend on innate immunity to defense against various pests and to cope with crop diseases and insects. Recently, massive advances have been achieved in the field of plant innate immune system and plant-pest interactions. Exciting discoveries have been made in the relationship between the two layers of innate immunity, PTI and ETI, which deeply influence our understanding of plant defense. Effector biology have provided deep insights into how pests subvert plant immunity to cause damages. Genetic engineering of resistant crops has been demonstrated to be a promising practice of durable crop breeding.

The issue will scope the following:

  • Horticultural crop interaction with various pests, including fungi, bacteria, virus, nematode, insects, etc. 
  • Tripartite interaction among horticultural crop, virus, and vectors (piercing and sucking insects).
  • Co-evolution and adaptation between plant host and parasites or pests. 
  • Perspectives on or solutions for solving new emergence diseases and insects or world-wide pandemic diseases and insects on important crops. 
  • Mechanisms or strategies that pests adopt to cause damages on horticultural plants

To highlight the latest advances of molecular biology and its applications in Horticultural Crop Immunity, we invite you and/or members of your research team to submit manuscript(s) to this special issue. Research, Methodology and Resource, Opinion and Review (but not limited) are cordially welcome.

To facilitate this call, the journal has asked the following experts as the leading editors for this special issue. They will guide the scope of the issue and provide advice on commissioned content, as well as be involved in the editorial decision making on all papers submitted.

Prof. Gong-You Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China,

Prof. Lili Huang, Northwest A&F University, China,

Prof. Daolong Dou, Nanjing Agricultural UniversityChina,

Prof. Jiang-Bo Fan, Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina,

Articles will undergo all of the journal's standard peer review and editorial processes outlined in its submission guidelines.

The submission deadline is December 31, 2023.

Please submit directly to Molecular Horticulture EM system stating in your cover letter that you are targeting the ‘Horticultural Crop Immunity’ collection.

If you have any queries or need any assistance from our editorial office, please do not hesitate to contact our EiC (Prof. Su-Sheng Gan and Prof. Hong-Wei Xue) or editorial office (

Looking forward to your submission for Horticultural Crop Immunity.