Fungal plant pathogenesis mediated by effectors

Pierre J.G.M. de Wit*, Alison C. Testa, Richard P. Oliver

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The interactions between fungi and plants encompass a spectrum of ecologies ranging from saprotrophy (growth on dead plant material) through pathogenesis (growth of the fungus accompanied by disease on the plant) to symbiosis (growth of the fungus with growth enhancement of the plant). We consider pathogenesis in this article and the key roles played by a range of pathogen-encoded molecules that have collectively become known as effectors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Fungal Kingdom
EditorsJ. Heitman, B.J. Howlett, P.W. Crous, E.H. Stukenbrock, T.Y. James, N.A.R. Gow
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781683670827
ISBN (Print)9781555819576
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sept 2017


  • Apoplastic defense enzyme
  • Chitinase-degrading activity
  • Cytoplasmic defense enzyme
  • Fungal effector
  • Fungal infection strategy
  • Fungal plant pathogenesis
  • Hemibiotrophic fungal pathogen
  • Necrotrophic fungal pathogen
  • Protease-inhibiting activity


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