Molecular aspects of plant-pathogen interactions in relation to novel strategies of breeding for disease resistance

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Knowledge of plant-pathogen interactions is expanding rapidly. A growing body of information has now been available on the molecular genetic background of recognition, pathogenicity and host plant resistance. Novel strategies of resistance breeding based on transgenic plants obtained by introducing resistance genes of plant or microbial origin have recently been developed. The first part of this review gives a survey of genes encoding pathogenicity determinants of the microorganisms, the second part summarizes our current understanding of molecular aspects of plant resistance. Special emphasis is placed on attempts to improve plant resistance by genetic engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalActa Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1997


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Insect Science

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