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Plant-pathogen interactions is a rapidly developing area among the plant sciences. Molecular genetics has provided the tools to analyse and manipulate mechanisms of pathogenicity and resistance responses and has facilitated their study from the population to the molecular level. The book brings together the views of experts in the field and provides an overview of the genetic basis of interactions between fungi, bacteria, viruses and their host plants, the triggering of plant defences and the complex array of plant responses to stop pathogen invasion, as well as possible applications for improved plant protection. The chapters are organised and written to make an advanced textbook rather than simply a collection of reviews or something resembling conference proceedings.Thus, authors have largely concentrated on a didactic approach and the book should remain useable for several years in spite of the rapid progress in research. The text is aimed at advanced students in the field of plant pathology as well as researchers requiring an integrated picture of plant resistance to pathogens.
1. Case Studies. 1. Resistance to Tobacco Mosaic Virus in Tobacco Plants; R.S.S. Fraser. 2. Black Rot of Crucifers; A.M. Alvarez. 3. The Cladosporium fulvum-Tomato Interaction: A Model System to Study Gene-for-Gene Relationships; P.J.G.M. De Wit. 4. The Barley/Blumeria (Syn. Erysiphe) graminis Interaction; H. Thordal-Christensen, P.L. Gregersen, D.B. Collinge. 2. Genetics of Disease Resistance. Basic Concepts and Application in Resistance Breeding; B. Keller, et al. 3. Resistance in Populations; J. Frantzen. 4. Resistance Genes and the Perception and Transduction of Elicitor Signals in Host-Pathogen Interactions; T. Boller, N.T. Keen. 5. Structural Aspects of Defense; B. Moerschbacher, K. Mendgen. 6. The Hypersensitive Response; T. Jabs, A.J. Slusarenko. 7. Antimicrobial Compounds and Resistance. The Role of Phytoalexins and Phytoanticipins; J.W. Mansfield. 8. Induced and Preformed Antimicrobial Proteins; W.F. Broekaert, et al. 9. Special Aspects of Resistance to Viruses; R.S.S. Fraser. 10. Systemic Induced Resistance; L.C. van Loon. 11. Transgenic Approaches to Control Epidemic Spread of Diseases; B.J.C. Cornelissen, A. Schram. Index.
'The work is an excellent and advanced textbook on resistance mechanisms to plant diseases and host-pathogen interactions. In addition to the scientific value of individual chapters, the highly didactic approach taken is of benefit. The book can therefore, be used not only by researchers but also advanced students of biology and agriculture focused on plant pathology. Authors, editors and publishers are to be recommended for an excellent piece of work.' Plant Protection Science, 37:4 (2001)