Submitted to: New Phytologist
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/6/2016
Publication Date: 11/28/2016
Citation: Friesen, T.L. 2017. Nicotiana benthamiana as a nonhost of Zymoseptoria tritici. New Phytologist. 213:7-9.
Technical Abstract: In nature, plants are continually being bombarded by microbes. However, actual host-pathogen interactions that negatively affect (result in disease) any given plant species are by far the exception, rather than the rule. The plant protection mechanism effective against this plethora of microbes that lack pathogenicity is classified as non-host resistance (NHR) and is the most common and effective form of plant resistance in nature. However, compared to actual host-pathogen interactions for which a vast amount of knowledge regarding plant defense, pathogen evasion of host detection, and host manipulation has been developed, interactions involving non-host resistance are much less studied and therefore less understood. Knowledge of non-host resistance has the potential to provide novel control strategies for pathogens that are currently difficult to combat. In the current issue, the Rothamsted Research labs of Jason Rudd and Kostya Kanyuka (Kettles et al. 201_) make considerable progress toward the characterization of the non-host resistance response to the important wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici using the model plant Nicotiana benthamiana.