Resistance and susceptibility of plants to fungal pathogens

Kazuhiro Toyoda, Nicholas C. Collins, Akira Takahashi, Ken Shirasu

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Plants are under continuous threat of infection by pathogens endowed with diverse strategies to colonize their host. Comprehensive biochemical and genetic approaches are now starting to reveal the complex signaling pathways that mediate plant disease resistance. Initiation of defense signaling often involves specific recognition of invading pathogens by the products of specialized host resistance (R) genes. Potential resistance signaling components have been identified by mutational analyses to be required for specific resistance in the model Arabidopsis and some crop species. Strikingly, many of the components share similarity to that of innate immune systems in animals. Evidence is also accumulating that plant pathogens have a number of ways to evade host defenses during the early stages of infection, similar to animal pathogens. These strategies are becoming much better understood in a number of plant-pathogen interactions. In this review, we focus on the current knowledge of host factors that control plant resistance and susceptibility to fungal pathogens. The knowledge accumulated in these studies will serve a fundamental basis for combating diseases in strategic molecular agriculture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-582
Number of pages16
JournalTransgenic Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002


  • Avr gene
  • Disease resistance
  • Plant pathogen
  • R gene
  • Signaling pathway
  • Susceptibility
  • Virulence factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics


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