Functional Models to Explain Gene-for-Gene Relationships in Plant-Pathogen Interactions

  • Pierre J. G. M. de Wit
Part of the Plant Gene Research book series (GENE)


Flor’s pioneering genetic studies on flax (Linum usitatissimum) and its pathogen, the obligate parasite Melampsora lini, proved the genetic interdependence of host and parasite and eventually led to the gene-for-gene hypothesis (Flor, 1946). His work has strongly influenced hypotheses and investigations on the basis of host-parasite interactions during the last five decades.


Hypersensitive Response Avirulence Gene Virulent Race Apoplastic Fluid Intercellular Fluid 
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  • Pierre J. G. M. de Wit
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  1. 1.Department of PhytopathologyWageningen Agricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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