Original Articles (research papers) describing original research should address problems cited in the scope of the journal. They should contain a novel and well formulated hypothesis, a sound experimental approach, results that confirm or reject the hypothesis and they should offer novel insight into the existing body of knowledge. Research papers should not exceed twenty pages of printed text, including tables, figures and references (one page of printed text = approximately 600 words). Please use the following order: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowlegdements, References. Do not combine the Results and Discussion section.

The topic of a review must be an important aspect of the field and a well-defined issue.

In your review you should discuss the approaches, limitations, and conclusions of past reviews, trying to find a new angle that has not been covered adequately in the previous reviews, and incorporate new material that has accumulated since their appearance. Be up-to-date, but do not forget older studies.

A review does not just summarize the literature, but discusses it critically, identifies methodological problems, and points out research gaps. After having read a review of the literature, a reader should have a rough idea of the major achievements in the reviewed field, the main areas of debate, and the outstanding research questions.

The Short communication format is intended for presentation of important observations that can be clearly described in an abbreviated format. For example, molecular data useful for typing pathogens or the first report of preliminary data would be suitable for this section.

Short descriptions of upcoming pathogens and pest organisms, modes of action of plant protection actives in plant– pathogen interactions can also be presented in the Short communication format.

Short communications should contain firm data, should clearly distinguish between Results and the Discussion section, and will be refereed. A Short communication should not exceed six printed pages in total. Please use the following order: Abstract, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References

It reports original and personal points of view on a given subject. Authors should outline and craft selected arguments by bringing original and groundbreaking ideas and imaginative research solutions.

The proposed structure of an opinion paper is:

• introduction to topic;

• presentation of innovative and original hypotheses, and discussion of published data;

• analysis of the impact of the proposed hypotheses and of the target audience.

Opinion papers should be based on published data, and should not expand on opinions by others, and should be written in a logical, professionally sound and convincing way. The structure may vary slightly but each paragraph should develop a single item. The length of an opinion paper should not exceed 10 pages of printed text, including  figures,  tables, and references.

A short contribution focusing on a controversially debated topic (or several closely related issues) that contrasts different perspectives on this specific theme. It should clearly define the target topic and should also point out possible actions and/or alternative approaches. Thus a perspectives paper can also be a conference report that summarizes different points of view on the target topic presented and debated at the conference and could outline potential syntheses and new prospects arising out of the discussion. It should include central literature references in regard to the topic.

The length of the contribution should not exceed a maximum of 10 typed pages (Times New Roman 12 pt font, double spaced) including figures, tables, and references and information sources. Citation of official statistics, events (e.g., special symposia, conferences) and outcome from international organizations working in the field are highly welcome.

The proposed structure of a Perspectives paper is:

• the problem faced and its relevance

• a brief state-of-the-art summary of the different perspectives including citations

• proposed solutions to the problem

Individuals or representatives of organizations directly cited in Perspectives papers have the right to respond with an opinion paper or comment in order to rectify affirmations or to refute eventual misinterpretations of concepts.

Meta-analyses in the sense of this journal are compilations of previously published scientific research studies, preferentially from peer reviewed journals. In the analysis, their data are processed, statistically treated, and finally reported as a quantitative systematic review.

A meta-analysis includes typically:

a)       definition of the objective of the meta-analysis and of the response variable to be estimated from the data,

b)      systematic review of the literature and/or of the dataset reporting values of the response variable,

c)       analysis of data quality (i.e., quality of experimental design and measurement techniques, precision of the response variable),

d)      assessment of between-study variability and heterogeneity, publication biases

e)      presentation of the results and of the level of uncertainty.

f)        discussion of the meta-analysis

Meta-analyses should not exceed twenty pages of printed text, including tables, figures and references (one page of printed text = approximately 600 words). Please use the following order: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References. Please distinguish clearly between the  Results and Discussion sections.


The Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection

The Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection - JPDP is the official scientific communication organ of  the German Society for Plant Protection and Plant Health (DPG). Since 2016 it is published by Springer.

For further information and to submit new manuscripts to the Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection please go to our website at Springer Verlag.

DPG members have free access to the online edition of JPDP (included in the DPG membership fee).

Please just login here and follow the links to JPDP.

If you should have forgotten your membership number or password please ask your DPG bureau here.

The Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection (JPDP) is an international scientific journal that publishes original research articles, reviews, including meta-analyses, short communications, perspectives and opinion papers dealing with applied scientific aspects of plant pathology, plant health, plant protection and findings on newly occurring diseases and pests. "Special Issues" on coherent themes often arising from International Conferences are offered.

Scientists are encouraged to submit manuscripts on virtually all aspects of plant disorders, pathogenesis, biology and characterization of viruses, bacteria, phytoplasms, oomycota, fungi and herbivores, including nematodes, mites, insects, snails and rodents, their epidemiology and diagnosis. In addition, manuscripts on the interaction with the host plants are welcome. We accept manuscripts from all over the world, but the topics should have international relevance for plant health and protection.

The editors of JPDP have a significant interest in integrated plant protection, including plant protection in organic agriculture. The work should describe the mode(s) of action and efficacy of biorationals, semiochemicals, chemical-synthetic pesticides, microbial biostimulants, and aspects of pesticide resistance. Endophyte and microbiome research related to plant protection strategies are within the scope. Furthermore, monitoring, forecasting, modelling, decision support systems and application technologies will be included. Reports on new technologies like sensor technology or manuscripts on machine learning may be submitted. Although JPDP primarily focuses on plant diseases and protection, hence the name of the journal, it also considers manuscripts on legislative aspects.

  • preliminary results of research topics (studies without independent biological repetitions, i.e. inconsecutive growing seasons, or in diverse environments, are excluded)

  • findings of local interest only including variety screenings with purely local relevance
  • descriptions of plant protection strategies involving active substances not relevant for the European Union
  • fundamental physiological research data not connected with applicable plant protection strategies

The reviewing process

  1. Technical check and assignment of Editor-in Chief within 5 days
  2. Scoping by Editors-in Chief within 4 days. 75% submissions receive the final decision within this time period including offers to be transferred to other Springer journals
  3. Associate Editors assign reviewers within 14 days
  4. Reviewers react within 3 days and revise within 21 days in average. If the associate editor reviews by himself a second reviewer is often deemed to be sufficient. .
Caram de Souza Dias, José Alberto - Campinas (Brazil)
Classifications
  • Virology, viroids
  • Arable crops
  • Potatoes
  • Diagnosis
  • Insect-transmission, epidemiology,
  • Integrated-virus-management
  • Virus free seed-potato production
  • Phytosanitary aspects
Hasiów-Jaroszewska, Beata - Poznan (Poland)
Classifications
  • Virology, viroids
  • Diagnostics
  • Gene Expression
  • Plant-virus interactions
  • Molecular evolution of pathogenes
  • Phylogenesis
Jelkmann, Wilhelm - Dossenheim (Germany)
Classifications
  • Virology, viroids
  • Fruit crops and grapevine
  • Characterization, Diagnostics
  • Disease Effects of Viruses
Winter, Stephan - Braunschweig (Germany)
Classifications
  • Virology, viroids
  • Arable and horticultural crops and trees
  • Diagnostics
  • Molecular biology of viruses
  • Plant-virus-vector interactions
  • Phytosanitary aspects
  • Tropical plant production systems (Cassava)
Abo-Elyousr, Kamal A.M. - Assiut (Egypt)
Classifications
  • Biological control
  • plant-bacteria interaction
  • induce resistance
  • Erwinia catotovora
  • Ralstonia solanacearum
  • antibacterial activity of plant extract
  • plant-fungi interaction
  • Use of PGPR in control of bacterial diseases
  • Rhizoctonia diseases
  • Sclerotium cepivorum
Höfte, Monica - Gent (Belgium)
Classifications
  • Bacteriology
  • Arable and horticultural crops
  • Plant defense, plant hormones, plant physiology
  • Beneficial bacteria
  • Biological control
  • Biosurfactants
Linkies, Ada - Darmstadt (Germany)
Classifications
  • Bacteriology, Mycology
  • biological control
  • plant-pathogen interaction
  • plant resistance
  • gene expression analyses
  • seed treatment
  • plant hygiene
  • greenhouse hygiene and disinfection methods
Nechwatal, Jan - Freising, Germany
Classifications
  • Bacteriology, Mycology
  • Arable crops including potatoes, forest pathology
  • Root diseases, soilborne diseases
  • Biological disease control
  • qPCR/ PCR detection
  • Taxonomy / new species
Stefani, Emilio - Modena (Italy)
Classifications
  • Bacteriology
  • Plant-bacteria interactions
  • Bacteria diagnosis
  • Bacterial diseases
  • Antagonistic bacteria,
  • Biological control
  • Pest Risk Analysis
  • Phytosanitary policy
  • Rural development
Beyer, Marco - Belvaux (Luxemburg)
Classifications
  • Mycology (Fusarium species, Fusarium mycotoxins, Zymoseptoria tritici)
  • Arable crops
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Epidemiology of plant pathogenic fungi, forecast models, biostatistical modelling
  • Integrated pest Management (fungicide resistance)
Deising, Holger B. - Halle (Germany)
Classifications
  • Mycology
  • Plant-fungus interactions
  • Pathogenicity/virulence genes
  • Functional genetics of fungal infections, fungal cell walls, infection structures
  • Epigenetics
  • Fungicides, fungicide resistance
Finckh, Maria R - Kassel/Witzenhausen (Germany)
Classifications
  • Mycology
  • Arable crops, legumes
  • Plant-fungus interactions
  • Resistance gene management
  • Population genetics, population biology
  • Suppressive soils
  • Organic farming
  • Biologcal systems management, diversification strategies
Glienke, Chirlei - Curitiba (Brazil)
Classifications
  • Mycology
  • Phylogeny
  • Phylogenic analysis
  • species identification
  • DNA sequences
  • Multilocus analysis
  • molecular markers
  • biological control
  • endophytes
  • molecular diagnostic
Heß, Michael - Freising (Germany)
Classifications
  • mycology
  • epidemiology
  • fungal diseases
  • disease control
  • cereals, field trials
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • fungicides
  • monitoring/surveys
  • diagnostics
Hückelhoven, Ralph - Freising (Germany)
Classifications
  • Mycology
  • Plant-Microbe Interaction (Resistance, Physiology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology)
  • Plant Biotic Stress Physiology
  • Interaction of Biotic and Abiotic Stress
  • Biotrophic pathogens
  • Fusarium spp.
  • Ramularia collo-cygni. breeding against diseases
Jakobs-Schönwandt, Desiree - Bielefeld (Germany)
Classifications
  • mycology
  • endophytes
  • formulation of active ingredients
  • drying and shelf life
  • biocontrol with entomopathogens
  • molecular biology
  • plant growth promotion
  • biocontrol of plant pathogens
  • nano-particles
Khamis, Youssef - Giza (Egypt)
Classifications
  • Fruit diseases
  • Postharvest pathology
  • Alternative control means
  • Biological control
  • Grape
  • Botrytis
  • Citrus
  • Penicillium
  • Applied microbiology
  • Mechanism of action
Kappes, Ewald - Heitersheim (Germany)
Classifications
  • mycology
  • fungicides
  • viticulture
  • plant physiology
  • field trials
  • crop protection
  • abiotic stress
Kogel, Karl-Heinz - Gießen (Germany)
Classifications
  • mycology
  • plant-fungus interactions
  • epigenetics
  • plant-microbe symbiosis
  • fungicides
  • noncoding RNAs
  • endobacteria
Liljeroth, Erland - Alnarp (Sweden)
Classifications
  • Mycology
  • Phytophthora
  • Colletotrichum
  • Alternaria
  • plant protection biology
  • induced resistance
  • potato resistance
Lindner, Kerstin - Braunschweig (Germany)
Classifications
  • mycology
  • potatoe diseases
  • phytophthora infestans
  • threats from viruses PVY and PLRV
Makowski, David - Versailles-Grignon (France)
Classifications
  • mycology,
  • Meta-analysis
  • risk assessment
  • sensitivity and uncertainty analysis
  • time series
Matic, Slavica - Torino (Italy)
Classifications
  • Mycology
  • Plant-fungus interactions
  • Fungicide resistance
  • Biological control
  • Real-time PCR
  • Plant viruses
  • Genetic diversity
  • Infectivity assays
  • Pathogenesis-related protein
  • Protein modelling
Nechwatal, Jan - Freising (Germany)
Classifications
  • mycology
  • root diseases
  • soilborne diseases
  • potato diseases
  • forest pathology
  • qPCR/ PCR detection
  • taxonomy/ new species
  • biological disease control
  • oomycetes (Pythium/ Phytophthora)
Pandey, Abhay K - Nagrakata (India)
Classifications
  • Necrotrophic Fungal Plant Pathogens
  • Plant-Fungus Interaction (Disease Resistance)
  • Microbial Biological Control
  • Botanicals × Plant Pathogens
  • Botanicals × Stored Product Insects
  • Chemical Fungicides
  • Post-harvest Fungal Diseases
  • Morphological/Molecular Characterization of Fungal Pathogens
Rossi, Vittorio - Piacenza (Italy)
Classifications
  • Mycology
  • Botanical epidemiology
  • Plant disease modelling
  • Disease control
  • Decision support systems
Sarrocco, Sabrina - Pisa (Italy)
Classifications
  • Mycology
  • Biological control
  • Fungal ecology
  • Beneficial fungi
  • Fungal secondary metabolites
  • Antagonist-plant pathogen interaction
  • Biopesticides
  • Mycotoxin
  • Fungal diagnostics
Stadnik, Marciel J - Florianopolis (Brasil)
Classifications
  • Mycology
  • General mycology (mainly focusing on Fusarium, Colletotrichum and powdery mildews)
  • Etiology
  • Induced resistance
  • Plant genetic resistance
  • Physiological and molecular plant pathology
  • Alternative control methods
  • Fungal diseases of apple, banana, bean, onion, rice and wheat
Stammler, Gerd - Limburgerhof (Germany)
Classifications
  • mycology
  • fungicide resistance
  • fungicides
  • fungicide efficacy
  • sensitivity
  • Monitoring, resistance mechanisms
  • field efficacy
  • field trials
Steinkellner, Siegrid - Vienna (Austria)
Classifications
  • mycology
  • soil fungi
  • root endophytes
  • root exudation
  • phytopathogenic fungi in catch and cover crops
  • mycorrhizal fungi
Tiedemann, Andreas von - Göttingen (Germany)
Classifications
  • mycology
  • fungal diseases
  • arable crops
  • Sclerotinia
  • Verticillium
  • resistance to fungal pathogens
  • oilseed rape
Wagner, Stefan - Braunschweig (Germany)
Classifications
  • mycology
  • Diagnosis
  • molecular biology
Wirsel, Stefan - Halle (Germany)
Classifications
  • mycology
  • molecular biology
  • fungal genetics
  • plant-fungus interactions
  • pathogenicity/virulence genes
  • fungicide resistance
  • Colletotrichum spp.
  • Fusarium graminearum
Adarkwah, Charles - Sunyani (Ghana)
Classifications
  • Agricultural Postharvest Entomology
  • Entomology
  • Insect Ecology
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Biological Control
  • Applied Entomology
  • Pesticide Science
  • Economic Entomology
  • Crop Protection
  • Pest Management
Athanassiou, Christos - Volos (Greece)
Classifications
  • Entomology
  • Stored product protection
Bentele, Maja - Tharandt (Germany)
Classifications
  • Forest pests
  • Tree diseases
  • Rapeseed stem canker
  • Ips typographus
  • Lymantria monacha
Böckmann, Elias - Braunschweig (Germany)
Classifications
  • Entomology
  • Effiicacy of insecticides in vegetables and ornamentals
  • Side effects of Insecticides on natural enemies
  • Applied Entomology in vegetables and ornamentals
  • Decision Support Systems for arthropods
Erler, Fedai - Antalya (Turkey)
Classifications
  • Entomology
  • stored products protection
  • stored product pests
  • seed beetles
  • plant derivatives
  • essential oils
  • essential oil components
  • botanical insecticides
  • entomopathogenic fungi
  • mushroom flies
  • pear psylla
Gross, Jürgen - Dossenheim (Germany)
Classifications
  • entomology
  • multitrophic interactions
  • chemical ecology
  • Insect-plant interactions
  • plant volatiles
  • attractants and repellents
  • mating disruption
  • semiochemicals
  • pheromones
Meyhöfer, Rainer - Hannover (Germany)
Classifications
  • Entomology
  • Applied entomology
  • biological control
  • insect-plant interaction
  • functional biodiversity
  • parasitoid-host interaction
  • predator-prey interaction
  • behavioral ecology
  • sensory ecology
  • decision support system
Reineke, Annette - Geisenheim (Germany)
Classifications
  • entomology
  • Insect-plant interactions
  • entomopathogenic fungi
  • biological control of insect pests
  • viticulture and horticulture
  • insect population genetics
Tedeschi, Rosemarie - Grugliasco (Italy)
Classifications
  • entomology
  • Insect-plant interactions
  • biological control of insect pests
  • insect population genetics
Daub, Matthias - Elsdorf (Germany)
Classifications
  • nematology
  • plant parasitic nematiodes (PPN)
  • resistance/tolerance towards ppn
  • virulence/pathotypes of ppn
  • integrated nematode management and IPM
  • nematicides and biologicals
  • population dynamics of ppn
  • soil supressiveness
Fourie, Driekie - Potchefstroom (South Africa)
Classifications
  • nematology
  • nematode identification
  • biological control of nematodes
  • sustainable nematode control
  • plant-nematode interactions
  • nematode resistant cultivars
Hallmann, Johannes - Münster (Germany)
Classifications
  • nematology
  • nematode identification
  • biological control of nematodes
  • nematode problems on vegtables
  • nematode problems in organic farming
  • sustainable nematode control
  • plant-nematode interactions
  • nematode resistant cultivars
  • nematode population dynamics
Urek, Gregor - Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Classifications
  • nematology
  • plant-nematode interactions
  • plant parasitic nematodes
  • root knot nematodes
  • nematode borne viruses
Lehmhus, Jörn - Braunschweig (Germany)
Classifications
  • malacology
  • agricultural entomology
  • pest insect biology
  • insect taxonomy
  • insect behaviour
  • wireworms
  • weevils
  • insecticides
Jacob, Jens - Münster (Germany)
Classifications
  • vertebrates
  • mammals
  • rodent management
  • rodenticides
  • rodenticide resistance
  • bird management
  • non-target effects
Andert, Sabine - Rostock (Germany)
Classifications
  • herbology
  • weed biology
  • weed management
  • pesticide use in arable farming
  • statistical analyses
  • herbicide use
Cirujeda Ranzenberger, Alicia - Zaragoza (Spain)
Classifications
  • herbology
  • weed science
  • integrated weed management
  • invasive weeds
  • weed biology
  • non-chemical weed control
  • mechanical weed control
  • herbicide resistance
Dehnen-Schmutz, Katharina - Coventry (United Kingdom)
Classifications
  • herbology
  • biological invasions
  • horticultural trade
  • weed ecology
  • risk assessment
  • agroecology
Pannacci, Euro - Perugia, (Italy)
Classifications
  • Herbology
  • Weed biology
  • Weed ecology
  • Weed seed-bank
  • Chemical weed control
  • Optimization of herbicides doses
  • Mechanical weed control
  • Integrated weed management
  • Allelopathy for weed management
  • Wheat, Maize and Vegetables
  • Biomass crops
Ordon, Frank - Quedlinburg (Germany)
Classifications
  • molecular plant breeding
  • resistance research
  • stress tolerance
Pereira da Silva Júnior, José - Passo Fundo (RS, Brasil)
Classifications
  • Plant nutrition and plant health
  • Rhizobacteria
  • Mycorrhiza
  • Biostimulants
  • Biofertilisers
  • PGPR
  • Biological Plant Protection
  • Integral Ecology
Weinmann, Markus - Hohenheim (Germany)
Classifications
  • Plant nutrition and plant health
  • Rhizobacteria
  • Mycorrhiza
  • Biostimulants
  • Bio-Effectors
  • Biofertilisers
  • PGPR
  • Silicates and resistance
  • Biological Plant Protection
  • Integral Ecology
Bashir, Ali Kashif - Manchester (UK)
Classifications
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Data analysis
  • IoT and sensor technologies
  • Network Security
  • Wireless Communications
Brugger, Anna - Bonn (Germany)
Classifications
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Plant Phenotyping
  • UV-range
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Chlorophyll fluorescence
  • UAV
  • Secondary metabolites
  • Deep learning
  • Machine learning
Heim, René - Gent (Belgium)
Classifications
  • Hyperspectral and Multispectral Imaging
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Functional Plant Traits
  • Machine Learning
  • Thermal Imaging
  • Multiangular UAV Data
  • Plant Pest and Disease Detection
Kuska, Matheus - Cologne (Germany)
Classifications
  • mycology
  • precision agriculture
  • plant phenotyping
  • plant disease detection
  • optical sensors hyperspectral imaging
  • epidemiology
  • sugar beet
Mahlein, Anne-Katrin - Göttingen (Germany)
Classifications
  • mycology
  • precision agriculture
  • plant phenotyping
  • plant disease detection
  • optical sensors hyperspectral imaging
  • epidemiology
  • sugar beet
Paulus, Stefan - Göttingen (Germany)
Classifications
  • 3D Plant Phenotyping
  • Hyperspectral Imaging
  • Sensor fusion
  • UAV Imaging
  • Remote Sensing
  • Machine Learning
  • Data analysis
  • Precision agriculture