Endless Hide‐and‐Seek: Dynamic Co‐evolution in Plant‐Bacterium Warfare Academic Article uri icon


  • Plants possess innate immune systems to prevent most potential infections. The ancient and conserved innate immune responses are triggered by microbe-associated molecular patterns (MAMPs) and play important roles in broad-spectrum defenses. However, successful bacterial pathogens evolved type III virulence effectors to suppress MAMP-mediated immunity. To survive, plants further developed highly specific resistance (R) genes to trigger gene-for-gene-mediated immunity and turn the virulent pathogens into avirulent ones. We summarize here the very recent advances in this dynamic coevolution of plant-bacterium interaction. © 2007 Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

author list (cited authors)

  • Shan, L., He, P., & Sheen, J.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Shan, Libo||He, Ping||Sheen, Jen

publication date

  • January 2007