Plant-Microbe Interactions

  • B. B. Biswas
  • H. K. Das

Part of the Subcellular Biochemistry book series (SCBI, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Eric Kamst, Herman P. Spaink, Dimitris Kafetzopoulos
    Pages 29-71
  3. Sofie Goormachtig, Peter Mergaert, Marc Van Montagu, Marcelle Holsters
    Pages 117-164
  4. Changhui Guan, Katharina Pawlowski, Ton Bisseling
    Pages 165-189
  5. Günter Strittmatter, Koen Goethals, Marc Van Montagu
    Pages 191-213
  6. Wolfgang Knogge
    Pages 215-251
  7. Keith R. Davis
    Pages 253-285
  8. Carlos A. Malpica, Maria Teresa Cervera, Chris Simoens, Marc Van Montagu
    Pages 287-320
  9. Carol L. Bender, David A. Palmer, Alejandro Peñaloza-Vázquez, Vidhya Rangaswamy, Matthias Ullrich
    Pages 321-341
  10. François Côté, Kyung-Sik Ham, Michael G. Hahn, Carl W. Bergmann
    Pages 385-432
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 433-440

About this book


Recent years have seen tremendous progress in unraveling the molecular basis of different plant-microbe interactions. Knowledge has accumulated on the mecha­ nisms of the microbial infection of plants, which can lead to either disease or resistance. The mechanisms developed by plants to interact with microbes, whether viruses, bacteria, or fungi, involve events that can lead to symbiotic association or to disease or tumor formation. Cell death caused by pathogen infection has been of great interest for many years because of its association with plant resistance. There appear to be two types of plant cell death associated with pathogen infection, a rapid hypersensitive cell death localized at the site of infection during an incompatible interaction between a resistant plant and an avirulent pathogen, and a slow, normosensitive plant cell death that spreads beyond the site of infection during some compatible interactions involving a susceptible plant and a virulent, necrogenic pathogen. Plants possess a number of defense mechanisms against infection, such as (i) production of phytoalexin, (ii) formation of hydrolases, (iii) accumulation of hydroxyproline-rich glycoprotein and lignin deposition, (iv) production of pathogen-related proteins, (v) produc­ tion of oligosaccharides, jasmonic acid, and various other phenolic substances, and (vi) production of toxin-metabolizing enzymes. Based on these observations, insertion of a single suitable gene in a particular plant has yielded promising results in imparting resistance against specific infection or disease. It appears that a signal received after microbe infection triggers different signal transduction pathways.


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Editors and affiliations

  • B. B. Biswas
    • 1
  • H. K. Das
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CalcuttaCalcuttaIndia
  2. 2.Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1709-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1707-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0306-0225
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