Call for a new AFS Topical Collection: Advances in the understanding of the pine wilt disease and in its management strategy

Editors : Christelle ROBINET (INRAE), Géraldine ROUX (Univ. Orléans)

Scope : The pine wood nematode, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, is an important threat to pine trees. Native to North America, it was accidentally introduced in Asia where it causes severe damages. The damage presumably due to the nematode infection occurred in Japan in 1905, and then the nematode was actually detected a few years later. The nematode was then detected in China in 1982, in Taiwan Island in 1985, and in Korea in 1988. It was detected for the first time in Europe in 1999 close to Lisbon in Portugal, and since has spread to nearly all the country including the Portuguese island of Madeira in 2009, but also detected in different locations in Spain, since 2008. The scientific community studies this invasive pathogenic nematode, its insect vector (Monochamus spp.) and the susceptibility of pine trees. This requires multidisciplinary approaches gathering experts in nematology, entomology, tree resistance, ecology, genetics and modelling. So far, keys for eradicating the pine wood nematode are missing but ongoing researches provide new insights in this complex mechanism that could help refining the management strategy and improving its effectiveness.

Invitation to contribute :

We invite all interested authors to contribute to this topical issue, through:
Review papers (for instance providing an updated overview of the interactions among the different multi-players, or an updated overview and/or comparison on the pine wood nematode management strategies),
Research papers dealing with specific aspects of the pine wilt disease issue
Opinion papers providing new insights about open research paths that would deserve further attention
Data papers providing access to original data sets dealing with this topic
In particular, we encourage authors who presented their results in the frame of the IUFRO symposium on pine wilt disease (Nov 2021) to submit manuscripts related to their talk. However, this topical issue also welcomes contributions not associated with this symposium as long as it fits the scope mentioned above.

The submission will open end of January 2022 and close by end of May 2022. Note that Annals of Forest Science is published under a continuous publication scheme (papers are published as soon as they have been accepted).

Annals of Forest Science is published under a full Open Access model with Article Processing Charges.
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