Plants are continuously attacked by a broad range of pathogens. World-wide, farmers use large amounts of chemicals to secure crop yield. Breeding for disease resistance is a major objective of breeding activities in order to minimize the yield and quality loss associated with diseases. Although, resistance can often be obtained by introgression of major resistance genes (R-genes) from wild crop relatives, resistance conferred by R-genes is rarely durable. Recently, increased research with a focus on suppression of plant immunity has led to the identification of (potential) disease-susceptibility genes (S-genes) in Arabidopsis. Taking a few examples of conserved S-gene function between Arabidopsis and crops, this review demonstrates how to impair plant S-genes, complementary to the introgression of R-genes, to achieve durable and broad-spectrum resistance.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|