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Toxins Webinar | Phytotoxins Biological Activity and Mode of Action Toward Their Potential Application in Agriculture and Medicine

16 Dec 2022, 15:00 (CET)

Phytotoxins, Structure Activity, Mode of Action, Potential Applications, Agriculture, Medicine
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Welcome from the Chair

4th Toxins Webinar

Phytotoxins Biological Activity and Mode of Action Toward Their Potential Application in Agriculture and Medicine

Dear scientists interested to phytotoxins word, welcome to this webinar meeting organized in collaboration with the editorial board of Toxins -MDPI and in particular with the support of Dr. Roxy Liu.

The meeting is organized with the intention of discussing the most recent research on phytotoxins and the damage they cause by playing a fundamental role in the pathogenic mechanisms of fungi and bacteria that induce serious diseases of agrarian, forest and ornamental plants. Phytotoxins can also be a tool to combat many harmful agents in agriculture and have unexpected biological activities in other fields of economic and social importance. Studying their activity and the mechanism of action could allow us to find not only a solution to harmful diseases of many agricultural and forest plants but to understand what their practical use could be in other fields. So we welcome not only scientists involved in the chemistry and physiology of phytotoxins but all those who have an interest in bioactive natural substances and their other potential biological activities. The meeting will not only include the presentations of three eminent scientists, who have focused their research in this field, but will stimulate discussions between them and the numerous participants who we hope will participate in the event organized by Toxins.

Date: 16 December 2022

Time: 3:00 pm CET | 9:00 am EST | 10:00 pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 823 7983 8731

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Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples “Federico II”, Complesso Universitario Monte S. Angelo, Napoli, Italy

Antonio Evidente has been the leader of a research group at the Department of Chemical Science, University of Naples Federico II. Becoming a researcher in 1980, an associate professor in 1987, and a full professor in 2000 in organic chemistry. He has essentially carried out all his scientic and teaching activities at the University of Naples Federico II. His main research interest involves the chemistry of natural bioactive metabolites produced by microorganisms and plants with potential applications in agriculture and medicine. He work in collaboration with several Italian and stranger plant pathologists and physiologists, biologists, entomologists, microbiologists, and structural and polymer chemists snce more than 45 years. His bibliometric parameters are: publication 522, If 48; citation 12945

Invited Speakers

National Center for Natural Products Research, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi, Oxford, USA

Stephen Duke is a plant biochemist with a strong in interest in natural products for pest management. Many of his more than 500 peer-reviewed publications are on the mode of action of natural and synthetic phytotoxins. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the journal Pest Management Science for more than ten years. His past scientific society involvements include being president of the Weed Science Society of America, the International Allelopathy Society, and the International Weed Science Society, as well as Chair of the Agrochemical Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Among his awards are Fellow of ACS and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of the Basque Country.

Institute of Sciences of Food Production, National Research Council, Bari, Italy

Maurizio Vurro is a plant pathologist specialized in parasitic weed management; weed biological control, production and biological characterization of bioactive metabolites by phytopathogenic fungi and plants; use of microbes, microbial products and natural metabolites as agrochemicals. He is employed at the Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA), National Research Council (CNR) in Bari, Italy, since 1987, with the position of Director of Research since 2011. He was the coordinator of several projects, and acted as scientific and local organizer of several international events, e.g., among others: a EU Project on the use of microbes for biocontrol; a EU Life project on Ailanthus management; a Rockefeller/OECD-CRP Conference; a NATO Advanced School and a NATO Workshop; a OECD conference on parasitic weed management; the 11' World Congress on Parasitic Plants; the 13' European Weed Research Society Symposium. He was involved in several European COST actions. He is currently the Vice-President of the European Weed Research Society (EWRS). He acted as a tutor for several students and supervised many thesis, He made several speeches and presentations at national and international congresses, PhD classes and courses. He is author of over 100 publications in international journals. H-index Scopus: 33 - Google Scholar: 43. Personal website:

Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, CSIC, Córdoba, Spain

Research interest in disease resistance first in cereals and then in legumes. Extensive experience in participation and coordination of research both at national and international level. He has been President of International Legume Society and has of the European Association of Grain Legumes Research (2008-2013) and member of the Executive Committee of the Int. Parasitic Plant Society (2005-2011). He has co-authored a total of 365 articles in SCI Journals with IF, reaching H index(Scopus) = 55. He has directed 31 successful PhD. In addition to these research activities, he has lead pea and faba bean breeding programmes, resulting in registration of 4 faba bean, 7 pea, 2 chickpea, 1 chickling pea, 2 grasspea and 1 lupin cultivars. He is Chief Editor of Frontiers in Plant Sciences section Plant Breeding, subject editor of Agronomy, of Field Crops Research, of Phytopatologia Mediterranea, of Agronomy-Basel and of Journal of Agricultural Research. He has served before in the editorial board of a number of journals such as Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, Weed Research, or Scientific Reports. More info:



Time in CET

Chair Prof. Dr. Antonio Evidente

Chair Introduction

3:00 - 3:10 pm

Prof. Dr. Antonio Evidente

Recent Advances on Chemical and Biological Characterization of Phytotoxins Produced by Fungi Pathogenic for Agrarian and Forest Plants and Their Potential Application in Agriculture and Medicine

3:10 - 3:30 pm

Prof. Dr. Stephen Duke

Modes of Action of Microbial Phytotoxins That Could Be Used for Weed Management

3:30 - 3:50 pm

Dr. Maurizio Vurro

The Potential of Microbes and Natural Compounds in Parasitic Weed Management

3:50 - 4:10 pm

Prof. Dr. Diego Rubiales

The Potential of Microbes and Natural Compounds in Plant Disease Management

4:10 - 4:30 pm


4:30 - 4:45 pm

Closing of Webinar

Chair Prof. Dr. Antonio Evidente

4:45 - 4:50 pm

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Relevant SI

Characterization and Action Mechanism of Phytotoxins
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Antonio Evidente
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2023

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