Molecular genetics of plant-microbe interactions

Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on the Molecular Genetics of Plant-Microbe Associations, Montréal, Québec, Canada, July 27–31, 1986

  • Desh Pal S. Verma
  • Normand Brisson

Part of the Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture book series (PSBA, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXXII
  2. Molecular Genetics of Agrobacterium and Plant Transformation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kathy Ophel, Allen Kerr
      Pages 3-5
    3. F. Richaud, C. Aubry, A. Beyou, F. Boulanger, C. Estramareix, A.-M. Fleury-Guerout et al.
      Pages 6-10
    4. P. Rogowsky, T. J. Close, C. I. Kado
      Pages 14-19
    5. Ernest G. Peralta, Renate Hellmiss, Joon M. Ji, Wendy H. Berger, Walt Ream
      Pages 20-26
    6. D. D. Lefebvre, J.-F. Laliberte
      Pages 32-34
  3. Molecular Genetics of Phytopathogenic Bacteria and Fungi

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. P. E. Kolattukudy, Joseph Sebastian, William F. Ettinger, Mark S. Crawford
      Pages 43-50
    3. Peter Weisbeek, Joey Marugg, Gerard van der Hofstad, Peter Bakker, Bob Schippers
      Pages 51-53
    4. Mark A. Schell, Daniel P. Roberts, Timothy P. Denny
      Pages 61-66
    5. A. K. Handa, R. A. Bressan, L. Lee, D. J. Charles, R. K. Jayaswal, J. Chiu et al.
      Pages 67-72
  4. Molecular Genetics of the Host (Symbiosis/Pathogenicity)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. B. E. Kneen, D. Vam Vikites, T. A. Larue
      Pages 79-84

About this book


Increased interest in the basic biology of plants and microorganisms stems from the fact that crop productivity is directly affected by plant-microbe interactions. In spite of the fact that plants exist in the environment amongst diverse species of microorganisms, only a few ever establish a direct relationship. Emerging awareness concerning the indirect effect of microbial association on plant growth and the possibility of using one microbe against another for controlling pathogenic interactions is at the genesis of new fields of studies. The primary reason for a microbe to associate with· photoautotrophic organisms (plants) is to tap its nutritional requirements, fixed carbon, as a source of energy. By hook or by crook, a microbe must survive. Some have evolved mechanisms to exploit plants to develop a niche for their biotropic demands. When in contact with a living plant, microorganisms may live in a passive association using exudates from the plant, invade it pathogenically or coexist with it in symbiosis. The plant responds to the interloper, either reacting in a hypersensitive manner to contain the invasion of pathogens, or by inducing a set of genes that leads toward symbiosis, or by simply succumbing to the invader. Thus, prior to contact wi th the plant, mic roorganism is able to sense the presence of the host and activate accordingly a set of genes required for the forthcoming interaction, whether symbiotic or pathogenic.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Desh Pal S. Verma
    • 1
  • Normand Brisson
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Plant Molecular Biology, Department of Biolog01yMcGill UniversityMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Departement de BiochimieUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8496-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4482-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-1949
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