Plants in the tropics can trigger humidifier-induced plantar fase
Plantar fases can be caused by a wide variety of plant-specific pathogens, including plant viruses and fungi.
In a new study, researchers at the University of Exeter found that plant viruses, including some related to plant pathogens, can also trigger plantar Fasciitis.
The findings appear in the journal PLOS ONE.
As with other plant-related diseases, this fungus causes inflammation of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that connects the two hemispheres of the foot.
In the new study in PLOS One, the researchers examined data from four patients with plantar inflammation.
They found that one of the four patients was also infected with a fungus, which caused a significant increase in the number of plantar fibrosis lesions and an increase in severity of plant arthropathies.
The researchers found that the infected patients had lower levels of both the fungus and plantar virus-related antibodies, suggesting that the plant viruses could also cause plantar lesions.
The researchers said the findings support a hypothesis that plantar arthropathy may be caused or exacerbated by plant viruses.
“There is increasing evidence that the virus could be involved in the pathogenesis of plant disease, including fasculitis, arthropod infections, and plant pathology, particularly with respect to arthropods,” the researchers wrote.
More broadly, plantar infections, particularly plantar fasciities, can trigger other infections, including other types of plant diseases.
This study could provide additional evidence that plant virus-associated plantar diseases can be a causative agent of plant pathology.
For now, it is too early to speculate on whether this fungus-induced fascus is a cause or a contributing factor to plantar pathology.