Bacterial pathogenesis of plants: Future challenges from a microbial perspective

Pfeilmeier, Sebastian, Caly, Delphine L. and Malone, Jacob G. ORCID: (2016) Bacterial pathogenesis of plants: Future challenges from a microbial perspective. Molecular Plant Pathology, 17 (8). 1298–1313. ISSN 1464-6722

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Plant infection is a complicated process. Upon encountering a plant, pathogenic microorganisms must first adapt to life on the epiphytic surface, and survive long enough to initiate an infection. Responsiveness to the environment is critical throughout infection, with intracellular and community-level signal transduction pathways integrating environmental signals and triggering appropriate responses in the bacterial population. Ultimately, phytopathogens must migrate from the epiphytic surface into the plant tissue using motility and chemotaxis pathways. This migration is coupled to overcoming the physical and chemical barriers to entry into the plant apoplast. Once inside the plant, bacteria use an array of secretion systems to release phytotoxins and protein effectors that fulfil diverse pathogenic functions (Fig. 1)(Phan Tran et al., 2011, Melotto & Kunkel, 2013).

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Molecular Microbiology
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Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 15:00
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2023 15:30
DOI: 10.1111/mpp.12427


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