Genetically engineered resistance to bacterial and fungal pathogens

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In the past 10 years, different strategies have been used to produce transgenic plants that are less susceptible to diseases caused by phytopathogenic fungi and bacteria. Genes from different organisms, including bacteria, fungi and plants, have been successfully used to develop these strategies. Some strategies have been shown to be effective against different pathogens, whereas others are specific to a single pathogen or even to a single pathovar or race of a given pathogen. In this review, we present the strategies that have been employed to produce transgenic plants less susceptible to bacterial and fungal diseases and which constitute an important area of plant biotechnology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-392
Number of pages10
JournalWorld Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1995


  • Disease resistance
  • phytopathogenic bacteria
  • phytopathogenic fungi
  • transgenic plants


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