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Editorial message from Editor-in-Chief

It is my great pleasure and excitement to announce the launch of a new journal, Phytopathology Research, which will publish original, high-quality, peer-reviewed research papers and review articles on fundamental, advanced applied research in plant pathology as well as timely report of new plant diseases.

Phytopathology Research is dedicated to the advancement of our understanding of plant diseases, plant pathogens, plant-microbe interactions, and to the development of effective, sustainable, and environment-friendly measures for disease control. It aims to provide a powerful vehicle in which to exchange novel research ideas and significant practical results on broad aspects of plant pathology. It will also help advance academic careers of young plant pathologists. For each year, I and the editorial board will select “Best papers” for recognition and papers with graduate students as the first author will be eligible for nomination of “Early Career Achievement Award” to be given at the Annual meeting of Chinese Society of Plant Pathology.

We hope this new journal will further stimulate the development of plant pathology and its rapidly growing interdisciplinary field and help train our next generation of plant pathologists. We assembled a very strong editorial team with outstanding plant pathologists worldwide, and we will keep strengthening it in terms of academic authority, specialty balance and geographic scope. On behalf of the journal editorial committee, I promise to provide the authors unbiased, constructive, and timely peer reviews to help disseminate their research findings expeditiously and broadly; to present the readers with original, high-quality research papers to facilitate them to keep pace with the latest developments in the related areas of plant pathology.

We are confident to establish Phytopathology Research as a reputable vehicle for our plant pathology community globally.

Your manuscript and feedback are most welcome!

Thank you for your warm support to Phytopathology Research.

You-Liang Peng

Editor-in-Chief of Phytopathology Research

Phytopathology Research is accepting submissions and will publish its first articles soon.

Aims and scope

Phytopathology Research is an open access journal dedicated to advancing our understanding of plant diseases and developing effective environment-friendly measures for disease control.
The journal publishes fundamental and applied research on broad aspects of plant diseases. These include but are not limited to genetics and molecular biology of plant disease resistance or susceptibility, molecular analysis of relevant traits in agriculturally important phytopathogens, the ecology of pathogens and plant-associated beneficial micro-organisms, disease etiology, epidemiology and disease management, and technical innovations that advance the phytopathology research. Articles are selected based on novelty, importance, scientific validity, and interest to the readers.

About the Editor

peng1Dr. You-Liang Peng received his Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology from Kyoto University in 1989, then spent three years at Mitsui Plant Biotechnology Research Institute as a postdoctoral fellow. In 1992, he was appointed associate professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the China Agricultural University and was promoted to full professor in 1993. He is an outstanding and internationally known plant pathologist, collaborator, and educator. He has made seminal contributions to understanding the molecular basis of pathogenesis and variation in Magnaporthe oryzae, which led to significant advances in controlling rice blast disease. His exemplary leadership has resulted in fruitful collaborations among plant pathologists in Asia and the USA, and his excellent teaching and supervision have trained many next-generation plant pathologists. For these many accomplishments he was elected a CSPP Fellow in 2015 and honored as an APS Fellow in 2018.


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