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Genes Involved in Microbe-Plant Interactions

  • Desh Pal S. Verma
  • Thomas Hohn

Part of the Plant Gene Research book series (GENE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Recognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. F. B. Dazzo, A. E. Gardiol
      Pages 3-31
  3. Symbiosis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. D. P. S. Verma, K. Nadler
      Pages 57-93
    3. A. Moiroud, V. Gianinazzi-Pearson
      Pages 205-223
    4. R. P. Legocki, A. A. Szalay
      Pages 255-268
  4. Plant Tumor Induction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Jacques Hille, André Hoekema, Paul Hooykaas, Rob Schilperoort
      Pages 287-309
  5. Plant Pathogens and Defence Mechanisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-337
    2. N. J. Panopoulos, J. D. Walton, D. K. Willis
      Pages 339-374
    3. C. A. Ryan
      Pages 375-386
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 387-393

About this book

Introduction

Interdependence between species is a law of nature. The degree of this interdependence is vividly evident in the plant-microbial world. Indeed, there is no axenic plant in nature and one finds various forms of interac­ tions between these two kingdoms ranging from completely innocuous to obligate parasitic. Most of these interactions are poorly understood at the molecular and physiological levels. Only those few cases for which a molecular picture is emerging are discussed in this volume. With the advent of recombinant DNA technology and the realization that some of these interactions are very beneficial to the host plant, a spate of activity to understand and manipulate these processes is occurring. Microbes interact with plants for nutrition. In spite of the large number of plant-microbe interactions, those microbes that cause harm to the plants (i. e. , cause disease) are very few. It is thus obvious that plants have evolved various defense mechanisms to deal with the microbial world. The mecha­ nisms for protection are highly diverse and poorly understood. Some pathogens have developed very sophisticated mechanisms to parasitize plants, an excellent example for this being crown gall caused by a soil bac­ terium, Agrobacterium tumefaciens. A remarkable ingenuity is exhibited by this bacterium to manipulate its host to provide nitrogenous compounds which only this bacterium can catabolize. This is carried out by a direct gene transfer mechanism from bacteria to plants.

Keywords

Genes Interactions microbe

Editors and affiliations

  • Desh Pal S. Verma
    • 1
  • Thomas Hohn
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Friedrich Miescher-InstitutBaselSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-7091-8739-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Vienna 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7091-8741-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7091-8739-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0175-2073
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