Plant Resistance to Viruses: Natural Resistance Associated With Dominant Genes

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Dominant resistance (R) genes are used extensively by plant breeders to protect their crops against (viral) diseases. The most common class of R genes, containing a nucleotide-binding domain (NB) followed by a leucine-rich repeat (LRR) domain, confers resistance through a gene-for-gene mechanism. Recent developments in the research area of antiviral NB-LRR R genes are discussed. Additionally, a section is dedicated towards the antiviral non-NB-LRR R genes, often underrepresented in reviewing literature. Since these generally do not function according to the gene-for-gene mechanism, they represent a valuable resource for breeders to alleviate some of the disadvantages associated with NB-LRR genes in crops.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Virology
EditorsDennis H. Bamford, Mark Zuckerman
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780128145166
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Apoptosome
  • Avirulence gene
  • Effector
  • HR
  • Hypersensitive response
  • Inflammasome
  • NB-LRR
  • Non-NB-LRR
  • R
  • Resistance
  • Resistosome
  • RNA interference
  • RNAi


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