Evolution of Plant-Pathogen Interaction — Its Influence on Breeding of Disease Resistant Crops in Agriculture
The ability of plants to defend themselves against parasitism and the potential of pathogens to attack and colonize plants are subject to evolution based on mutation and recombination. The diversity of its many steps and the resulting selections effect a coevolution of plants with their parasites. Only some of the component steps proceede before our eyes in agriculture, such as the coevolution between race-specific resistant cultivars and their pathogens which result from plant breeding (see also Sect. 9.1.5).