Genes Involved in Plant Defense

  • Thomas Boller
  • Frederick MeinsJr.

Part of the Plant Gene Research book series (GENE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Resistance and Susceptibility Genes of Plants

  3. Virulence and Avirulence Genes of Pathogens

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Michael A. Djordjevic, Barry G. Rolfe, Wendy Lewis-Henderson
      Pages 51-83
    3. Noel T. Keen, William O. Dawson
      Pages 85-114
    4. Flora Banuett, Ira Herskowitz
      Pages 115-128
    5. Willi Schäfer, Dietmar Stahl, Enrico Mönke
      Pages 129-151
  4. Perception of Pathogens and Signal Transduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Jürgen Ebel, Dierk Scheel
      Pages 183-205
  5. Plant Genes Induced in the Defense Reaction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. John R. Cutt, Daniel F. Klessig
      Pages 209-243
    3. Frederick Meins Jr., Christoph Sperisen, Jean-Marc Neuhaus, John Ryals
      Pages 245-282
    4. F. Garcia-Olmedo, M. J. Carmona, J. J. Lopez-Fando, J. A. Fernandez, A. Castagnaro, A. Molina et al.
      Pages 283-302
    5. Michael H. Walter
      Pages 327-352
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 353-368

About this book


Many fungi and bacteria that associate with plants are potentially harmful and can cause disease, while others enter into mutually beneficial sym­ bioses. Co-evolution of plants with pathogenic and symbiotic microbes has lead to refined mechanisms of reciprocal recognition, defense and counter­ defense. Genes in both partners determine and regulate these mechanisms. A detailed understanding of these genes provides basic biological insights as well as a starting point for developing novel methods of crop protection against pathogens. This volume deals with defense-related genes of plants and their regulation as well as with the genes of microbes involved in their interaction with plants. Our discussion begins at the level of populations and addresses the complex interaction of plant and microbial genes in multigenic disease resistance and its significance for crop protection as compared to mono­ genic resistance (Chap. 1). Although monogenic disease resistance may have its problems in the practice of crop protection, it is appealing to the experimentalist: in the so-called gene-for-gene systems, single genes in the plant and in the pathogen specify the compatibility or incompatibility of an interaction providing an ideal experimental system for studying events at the molecular level (Chaps. 2 and 4). Good progress has been made in identifying viral, bacterial, and fungal genes important in virulence and host range (Chaps. 3-6). An important aspect of plant-microbe interactions is the exchange of chemical signals. Microbes can respond to chemical signals of plant origin.


evolution genes genetics microbe microbes plant plants population genetics regulation

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Boller
    • 1
  • Frederick MeinsJr.
    • 2
  1. 1.Botanisches InstitutUniversität BaselBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.Friedrich Miescher InstitutBaselSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Spinger-Verlag/Wien 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7091-7380-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7091-6684-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0175-2073
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