Molecular Biology of Nematode Resistance in Tomato

  • Valerie M. Williamson
  • Kris N. Lambert
  • Isgouhi Kaloshian
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 268)


Tomato, Lycopersicon esculentum, is a host for several species of root-knot nematodes, and nematode infestation can result in severe yield loss for this crop. The Mi gene of tomato confers effective resistance to three root-knot nematode species, Meloidogyne incognita, M. javanica and M. arenaria, but not to a fourth, M. hapla (Gilbert and McGuire, 1956; Braham and Winsted, 1957; Roberts and Thomason, 1986). Mi was introduced into tomato from the wild species Lycopersicon peruvianum using embryo rescue of an interspecific cross of this wild species with L. esculentum (Smith, 1944). Progeny of a single F1 plant are the sole source of nematode resistance in currently available fresh-market and processing tomato cultivars (Medina-Filho and Tanksley, 1983). Recent restrictions on the use of nematicides have increased reliance on the gene Mi for nematode control in tomato.


Resistance Response Plant Parasitic Nematode Nematode Infection Yeast Artificial Chromosome Nematode Resistance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valerie M. Williamson
    • 1
  • Kris N. Lambert
    • 1
  • Isgouhi Kaloshian
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NematologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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