Annual Plant Reviews, Volume 11, Plant-Pathogen Interactions
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
Plant diseases are destructive and threaten virtually any crop
grown on a commercial scale. They are kept in check by plant
breeding strategies that have introgressed disease resistance genes
into many important crops, and by the deployment of costly control
measures, such as antibiotics and fungicides. However, the capacity
for the agents of plant disease – viruses, bacteria, fungi
and oomycetes – to adapt to new conditions, overcoming
disease resistance and becoming resistant to pesticides, is very
great. For these reasons, understanding the biology of plant
diseases is essential for the development of durable control
This volume provides an overview of our current knowledge of
plant-pathogen interactions and the establishment of plant disease,
drawing together fundamental new information on plant infection
mechanisms and host responses. The role of molecular signals, gene
regulation and the physiology of pathogenic organisms are
emphasised, but the role of the prevailing environment in the
conditioning of disease is also discussed.
This is a book for researchers and professionals in plant pathology, cell biology, molecular biology and genetics.
1. Emerging themes in plant-pathogen interactions.
Nicholas J. Talbot, University of Exeter, UK.
2. Tobacco mosaic virus.
John Carr, University of Cambridge, UK.
3. Infection with potyviruses.
Minna-Liisa Rajamäki, Tuula Mäki-Valkama, Kristiina Mäkinen and Jari Valkonen, Department of Applied Biology, University of Helsinki, Finland.
4. The Ralstonia solanacearum–plant interaction.
Christian Boucher and Stéphane Genin, CNRS – INRA, Castanet Tolosa, France.
5. The Pseudomonas syringae–bean interaction.
Susan S. Hirano and Christen D. Upper, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.
6. Fungal pathogenesis in the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe Grisea.
Chaoyang Xue, Lei Li, Kyeyong Seong and Jin-Rong Xu, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.
7. The Ustilago maydis–maize interaction.
Maria D. Garcia-Pedrajas, Steven J. Klosterman, David L. Andrews and Scott E. Gold, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Georgia, Athens, USA.
8. Blumeria graminis f. sp hordei, an obligate pathogen of barley.
Maike Both and Pietro D. Spanu, Department of Biological Sciences, Imperial College, London, UK.
9. The Phytophthora infestans–potato interaction.
Pieter van West, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Aberdeen, UK and Vivianne G.A.A.Vleeshouwers, Laboratory of Plant Breeding, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
- a state-of-the-art review of an area of plant biology which is of considerable economic importance
- broad, well-balanced coverage, with chapters on viruses, bacteria, fungi and oomycetes
- emphasises the greater understanding that has emerged from the use of molecular genetics and genomics
- chapter authors are drawn from leading laboratories around the world