Molecular Plant Pathology

Cover image for Vol. 16 Issue 9

Edited By: Marty Dickman

Impact Factor: 4.724

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 16/204 (Plant Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1364-3703

Associated Title(s): Plant Pathology


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New Editor in Chief for MPP

The British Society for Plant Pathology and Wiley Blackwell are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Editor-in-Chief for Molecular Plant Pathology
Following an open call for applications in 2011, BSPP and Wiley Blackwell are pleased to announce that Professor Marty Dickman of the Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Texas A&M University, USA, will become the new Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Plant Pathology from January 2013. Marty will take over editorial duties from Gary Foster who, having launched MPP in 2000, is now stepping down after 13 years as Editor-in-Chief . During this time MPP has become one of the leading international journals in the field, well established as a high quality, and yet friendly and innovative journal.
Marty on his appointment stated ‘I am grateful and excited to have the opportunity to serve as Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Plant Pathology. MPP is clearly established as a leading voice for scientific research involving plant-microbe/pest interactions. Under the excellent leadership and vision of Professor Gary Foster and his top-notch staff led by Diane Hird, the bar has been set high. It is my hope and intent to continue this standard of excellence as we move forward’.
Prof James Brown President of BSPP commented ‘Gary Foster has been outstanding as the founding editor of MPP, making it one of the leading journals in the field. BSPP is delighted to welcome a scientist of Marty Dickman’s calibre and experience as the new Editor-in-Chief of MPP. We look forward to working with Marty to continue the high standard of excellence and innovation set by Gary and his team.’
Matt Pacey, Senior Journals Publishing Manager at Wiley-Blackwell commented: ‘We are confident that Marty is the right person to build upon the strong foundations that Gary has laid for MPP. Our aim will be to manage a seamless transition between the two editors and support Marty’s clear vision for the continued editorial development of the Journal’.

MPP Pathogen Profiles

Molecular Plant Pathology has launched a series of virtual issues to promote its large collection of Pathogen Profile review articles.

Pathogen Profiles are unique to Molecular Plant Pathology. Each review contains a brief summary, which can include pathogen taxonomy, life cycle and host range. Disease symptoms and strategies for disease management may also be presented and useful websites listed. Each review then goes on to discuss the particular pathogen in detail, presenting the latest research and strategies for future work.

For ease of use the profiles have been grouped into five issues in Wiley Online Library: bacteria, fungi, viruses and viroids, oomycetes and nematodes. Each issue has a short introduction and contains a range of Pathogen Profiles.

Molecular Plant Pathology has published almost 100 Pathogen Profiles to date and together they represent a considerable resource for the scientific community.

We hope these virtual issues will make Pathogen Profiles more easily available for both research and teaching purposes.

Now publishing 9 issues
From 2011 Molecular Plant Pathology will move to 9 issues per year.

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Review articles for Molecular Plant Pathology
Molecular Plant Pathologyhas always been innovative in its use of Review articles, which are an important resource for research and teaching. We currently have three formats: Pathogen Profile, Review and MicroReview.

If you are interested in writing a Review in one of these areas please feel free to contact Diane Hird at the editorial office (

Special Issue On Pathogen Effector Proteins
2009 celebrates the 25th anniversary of the cloning of a type III effector gene from a phytopathogenic bacterium, by Staskawicz, Dahlbeck and Keen. In recognition of this discovery, the November issue of Molecular Plant Pathology (MPP 10:6) is a special issue focusing on secreted effectors from diverse plant pathogens, guest edited by Paul Birch, Robert Jackson and Mary Beth Mudgett. This issue provides historical overviews, discusses the significant advances made in elucidating effector function and provides an outlook for future developments in this area of intensive research.

There are review articles from leaders in the field and related original research articles. Free to download

Attention ASPB Members
Members of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) can subscribe to the online version of Molecular Plant Pathology for just $38 in 2009! Simply select the relevant subscription rate.

Free access in the Developing World

Free online access to this journal is available within institutions in the developing world through the AGORA Initiative with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the OARE Initiative (Online Access to Research in the Environment) with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Articles Published Online Ahead of Print
Articles which have been fully copy-edited and peer-reviewed are published online through our Early View feature before the print edition of this journal is published.

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