European Journal of Plant Pathology

, Volume 106, Issue 6, pp 493–506

The Effect of Nitrogen on Disease Development and Gene Expression in Bacterial and Fungal Plant Pathogens

  • Sandor S. Snoeijers
  • Alejandro Pérez-García
  • Matthieu H.A.J. Joosten
  • Pierre J.G.M. De Wit

DOI: 10.1023/A:1008720704105

Cite this article as:
Snoeijers, S.S., Pérez-García, A., Joosten, M.H. et al. European Journal of Plant Pathology (2000) 106: 493. doi:10.1023/A:1008720704105


Successful colonisation of plants by pathogens requires efficient utilisation of nutrient resources available in host tissues. Several bacterial and fungal genes are specifically induced during pathogenesis and under nitrogen-limiting conditions in vitro. This suggests that a nitrogen-limiting environment may be one of the cues for disease symptom development during growth of the pathogens in planta. Here we review recent literature on the effect of nitrogen and nitrogen-regulated genes on disease development, caused by phytopathogenic bacteria and fungi. Furthermore, the potential influence of nitrogen-limitation or general nutrient limitation on several in planta-induced bacterial and fungal pathogenicity, virulence and avirulence genes will be discussed.

bacterial pathogenicityfungal pathogenicitynitrogen limitationnitrogen-regulatory genesnitrogen supply

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandor S. Snoeijers
    • 1
  • Alejandro Pérez-García
    • 2
  • Matthieu H.A.J. Joosten
    • 3
  • Pierre J.G.M. De Wit
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratory of GeneticsWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Departamento de Microbiología, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de MálagaMálagaSpain
  3. 3.Laboratory of PhytopathologyWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Laboratory of PhytopathologyWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands;