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Understanding the mechanisms by which plants tolerate attack by pathogens, herbivores, or endure abiotic stress is a crucial part of learning how to enhance plant productivity and crop yields in the face of dwindling global agricultural resources. This book deals with the ability of plants to tolerate such attacks and stresses, and examines in detail various aspects of resistance responses and mechanisms of resistance. The content of this book is designed to be useful to those already knowledgable in the fields of plant resistance mechanisms, and those interested in learning more about these phenomena. This book is suitable for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and those teaching upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level courses in plant physiology or plant pathology.
From the contents:Preface.- Terminology Related to Induced Resistance: Incorrect Use of Synonyms May Lead to a Scientific Dilemma by Misleading Interpretation of Results.- What?s Old and What?s New in Concepts of Induced Systemic Resistance and its Application.- QTL Analysis of Multigenic Disease Resistance in Plant Breeding.- Ultra structural Studies in Plant Disease Resistance.- The Hypersensitive Response in Plant Disease Resistance.- The Possible Role of Pathogenesis-Related Proteins in Multigenic and Induced System Resistance.- Chemical Signals in Plant Resistance: Salicylic Acid.- Signaling in Plant Resistance Responses: Divergence and Cross-Talk of Defense Pathways.- The Relationship Between Basal and Induced Resistance Arabidopsis.- Induced Systemic Resistance Mediated by Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) and Fungi (PGPF).- Chemical Signals in Plants: Jasmonates and the Role of Insect-Derived Elicitors in Responses to Herbivores.- Tree Defense Against Insects.- The Role of Terpene Synthases in the Direct and Indirect Defense of Conifers Against Insect Herbivory and Fungal Pathogens.- Mechanisms Involved in Plant Resistance to Nematodes.- Mechanisms Involved in Induced Resistance to Plant Viruses.
Dr. Tuzun, currently a full professor at Auburn University, is a molecular plant pathologist and pioneer in the field of induced systemic resistance. Dr. Bent, currently a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Dr. James Borneman at the Unviersity of California -- Riverside, is investigating the microbial basis of disease suppression in soil. She has degrees in microbiology and soil science, and has investigated a variety of interactions between plants and microorganisms or microfauna in the rhizosphere.
From the reviews: "The fascinating phenomenon that susceptible plants can become resistant to pathogenic organisms by means of complex induced mechanisms has attracted numerous scientists worldwide. It is therefore appreciated that the state of knowledge of this important subject is summarized and discussed in this book ! . All chapters are supplemented with extended, mostly up-to-date references ! . A detailed subject index is added. ! the book can be highly recommended to every plant pathologist active in research on host-parasite interactions." (R. Heitefuss, Journal of Phytopathology, Vol. 154 (11-12), 2006)