Belowground Defence Strategies in Plants

  • Christine M.F. Vos
  • Kemal Kazan

Part of the Signaling and Communication in Plants book series (SIGCOMM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Christine M. F. Vos, Kemal Kazan
    Pages 1-3
  3. General Principles of Belowground Defence Strategies

  4. Belowground Defence Strategies to Root Pathogens

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Louise F. Thatcher, Brendan N. Kidd, Kemal Kazan
      Pages 71-98
    3. Brendan N. Kidd, Kathleen D. DeBoer, Karam B. Singh, Jonathan P. Anderson
      Pages 99-117
    4. Eva Häffner, Elke Diederichsen
      Pages 119-150
    5. Patricia A. Okubara, Jin-Ho Kang, Gregg A. Howe
      Pages 171-193
    6. Marta Barcala, Javier Cabrera, Carmen Fenoll, Carolina Escobar
      Pages 221-251
    7. Michael G. K. Jones, Sadia Iqbal, John Fosu-Nyarko
      Pages 253-278
  5. Root Responses to Beneficial Micro-organisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Christian Steinberg, Charline Lecomte, Claude Alabouvette, Véronique Edel-Hermann
      Pages 281-299
    3. Ainhoa Martinez-Medina, Maria J. Pozo, Bruno P. A. Cammue, Christine M. F. Vos
      Pages 301-327
    4. Katia Plouznikoff, Stéphane Declerck, Maryline Calonne-Salmon
      Pages 341-400
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 401-410

About this book


This book summarizes our current knowledge on belowground defence strategies in plants by world-class scientists actively working in the area. The volume includes chapters covering belowground defence to main soil pathogens such as Fusarium, Rhizoctonia, Verticillium, Phytophthora, Pythium and Plasmodiophora, as well as to migratory and sedentary plant parasitic nematodes. In addition, the role of root exudates in belowground plant defence will be highlighted. Finally, accumulating evidence on how plants can differentiate beneficial soil microbes from the pathogenic ones will be covered as well. This will be further highlighted in chapters covering the plant responses to beneficial micro-organisms such as non-pathogenic Fusarium, Trichoderma, Piriformospora and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Better understanding of belowground defences can lead to the development of environmentally friendly plant protection strategies effective against soil-borne pathogens which cause substantial damage on many crop plants all over the world. The book will be a useful reference for plant pathologists, agronomists, plant molecular biologists as well as students working on these and related areas.


Fusarium nematodes rhizosphere root defences root exudates soil-borne pathogens

Editors and affiliations

  • Christine M.F. Vos
    • 1
  • Kemal Kazan
    • 2
  1. 1.CSIRO Agriculture FlagshipSt LuciaAustralia
  2. 2.CSIRO Agriculture FlagshipSt LuciaAustralia

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