MPP Opinion Pieces

Molecular Plant Pathology now publishes Opinion Pieces. These articles are intended to serve as a forum for discussion and debate, to engage in issues of the day, from the conceptual (e.g. are we asking the right questions?) to the technological, do we have the tools to address a particular question?)... and anything in between.

To date Molecular Plant Pathology Opinion Pieces have covered a wide range of topics including ash dieback, GM crop regulation, horizontal chromosome transfer, journal Impact Factors, the zig-zag model of plant-microbe interactions and the beneficial role of plant viruses. Links to the articles can be found below this text.

If you are interested in writing an Opinion Piece please contact the Editor-in-Chief Ralph Dean Ralph_dean@ncsu.edu enclosing a brief outline.

See below for the latest Opinion Pieces, all free to read.....


Volume 17, Issue 5

The influence of funding sources on the scientific method

Laura Okagaki and Ralph A. Dean


Volume 17, Issue 4

Disease susceptibility in the Zig-Zag model of host-microbe interactions: only a consequence of immune suppression?

Harald Keller, Laurent Boyer and Pierre Abad


Volume 17, Issue 3

Gram-negative phytopathogenic bacteria, all hemibiotrophs after all?

Yvan Kraepiel and Marie-Anne Barny


Volume 17, Issue 2

Are lichens potential natural reservoirs for plant pathogens?

Oddur Vilhelmsson, Auour Sigurbjornsdottir, Martin Grube and Monica Hofte


Volume 16, Issue 6

Spread of introduced viruses to new plants in natural ecosystems and the threat this poses to plant biodiversity

Roger Jones and Brenda Coutts


Volume 16, Issue 4

A new look at plant viruses and their potential beneficial roles in crops

Marilyn J. Roossinck


Volume 16, Issue 3

Pathogen small RNAs: a new class of effectors for pathogen attacks

Ming Wang, Arne Weiberg and Hailing Jin


Volume 15, Issue 9

The zigzag model of plant-microbe interactions: is it time to move on?

Leighton Pritchard and Paul R. J. Birch


Volume 15, Issue 8

Horizontal chromosome transfer and rational strategies to manage Fusarium vascular wilt diseases

Li-Jun Ma


Volume 15, Issue 7

A silenced spring?

Andy M. Bailey


Volume 15, Issue 6

Plant-driven genome selection of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi

Erik Limpens and Rene Geurts


Volume 15, Issue 5

Resistance to phytopathogens e tutti quanti: placing plant quantitative disease resistance on the map

Fabrice Roux, Derry Voisin, Thomas Badet, Claudine Balague, Xavier Barlet, Carine Huard-Chauveau, Dominique Roby and Sylvain Raffaele


Volume 15, Issue 4

Plant Pathology 2.0

Seogchan Kang


Volume 15, Issue 3

Journal impact factors and the influence of age and number of citations

Christian Nansen and William G. Meikle


Volume 15, Issue 2

Genetically modified (GM) crops: European and transatlantic divisions

Jim M. Dunwell


Volume 15, Issue 1

Out of the woods. Ash dieback and the future of emergent pathogenomics

Dan MacLean


Volume 14, Issue 9

Ash dieback in the UK: a wake-up call

Steve Woodward and Eric Boa