Virulence Strategies of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria

  • Barbara N. Kunkel
  • Zhongying Chen

Introduction

Plant pathogenic bacteria, like bacterial pathogens that infect animals, must be able to evade or suppress general antimicrobial defenses and acquire nutrients and water from their hosts to successfully colonize and grow within host tissue. Plant pathogenic bacteria have adapted well to their hosts, which are structurally and physiologically quite different from animals. Since successful infection relies to a great extent on the ability of a pathogen to modulate the physiology of its host, plant pathogenic bacteria have evolved several unique virulence strategies in addition to virulence mechanisms also utilized by bacterial pathogens of animals.

One current area of intense research in the field of plant-pathogen interactions is the identification and characterization of pathogen virulence factors and the elucidation of their mode of action within the host. This chapter summarizes recent progress in this area of research, focusing on four Gram-negative bacterial pathogens...

Keywords

Cellulose Chlorophyll Glutathione Polysaccharide Arginine 

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