Changes in Photosynthesis of Wheat Plants Infected by Stem Rust
Photosynthesis plays a vital role in a biotrophic parasite’s life. It represents the major source for the large amounts of substrates which the pathogen needs for its numerous syntheses on the way to its successful propagation. Originally, all plants were susceptible for newly existant pathogens — but sometimes, plants reacted very efficiently by the development of resistant varieties. As a rule, infection of susceptible plants by parasites and pathogens leads to decreased photosynthesis (1). Often, investigations only concerned compatible interactions between hosts and parasites or different cultivars with more or less effective resistance mechanisms (2).
KeywordsChlorophyll Content Stem Rust Compatible Interaction Infected Leave Wheat Stem Rust
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