Acta Physiologiae Plantarum

, Volume 35, Issue 6, pp 1735–1748 | Cite as

Induction of resistance against pathogens by β-aminobutyric acid

  • Piękna-Grochala Justyna
  • Kępczyńska Ewa


Among the many types of plant stressors, pathogen attack, mainly fungi and bacteria can cause particularly severe damage both to individual plants and, on a wider scale, to agricultural productivity. The magnitude of these pathogen-induced problems has stimulated rapid progress in green biotechnology research into plant defense mechanisms. Plants can develop local and systemic wide-spectrum resistance induced by their exposure to virulent (systemic acquired resistance—SAR) or non-pathogenic microbes and various chemical elicitors (induced systemic resistance—ISR). β-Aminobutyric acid (BABA), non-protein amino acid, is though to be important component of the signaling pathway regulating ISR response in plants. After treatment with BABA or various chemicals, after infection by a necrotizing pathogen, colonization of the roots by beneficial microbes many plants establish a unique physiological state that is called the “primed” state of the plant. This review will focus on the recent knowledge about the role of BABA in the induction of ISR against pathogens mainly against fungi.


BABA (β-aminobutyric acid) Induced systemic resistance (ISR) Pathogens 


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  1. 1.Department of Plant BiotechnologyUniversity of SzczecinSzczecinPoland

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