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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2002 Aug;5(4):339-44.

Yield penalties of disease resistance in crops.

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  • 1Department of Disease and Stress Biology, John Innes Centre, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK.


Recently, there have been rapid developments in understanding the costs of disease and pest resistance in model plants and their ecological relevance in wild plants. In crop plants, however, much (although not all) of our current understanding of costs of resistance must be inferred from research on model species. To determine the true costs of resistance in crops and the likely benefit of resistance genes in new cultivars, however, other aspects of the plant's phenotype must be studied alongside resistance.

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