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Plant integrity: an important factor in plant-pathogen interactions

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  • Elzbieta Zofia Orlowska, Denmark
  • Briardo Llorente, 2Department of Molecular Genetics; Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) CSIC-IRTA-UAB, Spain
  • Cristina Cvitanich, Denmark
The effect of plant integrity and of aboveground-belowground defense signaling on plant resistance against pathogens and herbivores is emerging as a subject of scientific research. There is increasing evidence that plant defense responses to pathogen infection differ between whole intact plants and detached leaves. Studies have revealed the importance of aboveground-belowground defense signaling for plant defenses against herbivores, while our studies have uncovered that the roots as well as the plant integrity are important for the resistance of the potato cultivar Sarpo Mira against the hemibiotrophic oomycete pathogen Phytophthora infestans. Furthermore, in the Sarpo Mira–P. infestans interactions, the plant’s meristems, the stalks or both, seem to be associated with the development of the hypersensitive response and both the plant’s roots and shoots contain antimicrobial compounds when the aerial parts of the plants are infected. Here, we present a short overview of the evidence indicating the importance of plant integrity on plant defense responses
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere22513
JournalPlant Signaling & Behavior
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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