alexa Plants versus pathogens: an evolutionary arms race.


Journal of Plant Pathology & Microbiology

Author(s): Anderson JP, Gleason CA, Foley RC, Thrall PH, Burdon JB,

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Abstract The analysis of plant-pathogen interactions is a rapidly moving research field and one that is very important for productive agricultural systems. The focus of this review is on the evolution of plant defence responses and the coevolution of their pathogens, primarily from a molecular-genetic perspective. It explores the evolution of the major types of plant defence responses including pathogen associated molecular patterns and effector triggered immunity as well as the forces driving pathogen evolution, such as the mechanisms by which pathogen lineages and species evolve. Advances in our understanding of plant defence signalling, stomatal regulation, R gene-effector interactions and host specific toxins are used to highlight recent insights into the coevolutionary arms race between pathogens and plants. Finally, the review considers the intriguing question of how plants have evolved the ability to distinguish friends such as rhizobia and mycorrhiza from their many foes.
This article was published in Funct Plant Biol and referenced in Journal of Plant Pathology & Microbiology

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