Coevolution Between Plants and Pathogens of Their Aerial Tissues

  • Donald D. Clarke


The term coevolution was coined by Ehrlich and Raven (1964) to describe the influences that plants and herbivorous insects have on each other’s evolution, but it is now accepted that most, if not all, ecologically intimate associations between organisms are coevolving associations (Pirozynski and Hawksworth, 1988). One of the largest group of coevolving associations includes the associations between plants and phytopathogens and this review examines a subset of this group, associations between plants and phytopathogens of their aerial tissues. It is concerned with phytopathogens of native plants, where natural selection will be the driving force for coevolution, and considers both the extent to which associations may coevolve to establish long term and stable relationships and the fitness traits of both pathogen and host which are required to maintain such relationships. The account is based largely on our studies of the associations between native Senecio spp. and their powdery mildew and rust parasites.


Powdery Mildew Host Population Rust Fungus Spore Production Parasite Development 


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  • Donald D. Clarke
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  1. 1.Division of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology Graham Kerr BuildingGlasgow UniversityGlasgowUK

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