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Nat Rev Genet. 2001 Jul;2(7):516-27.

The arms race is ancient history in Arabidopsis, the wildflower.

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Species Level Resistance Research Group, Plant Genetics and Biotechnology Department, Horticulture Research International, Wellesbourne CV35 9EF, UK.


Plant pathology was born after the nineteenth-century potato famine, and since then insightful genetic experiments have contributed to the great progress in our understanding of disease control. Our current view of plant resistance focuses on numerous polymorphic resistance loci, which contain genes known as R genes. The complete sequence of the Arabidopsis thaliana genome provides a framework for exploring the 'big bang' of R genes that occurred and how R genes evolved in plants from their associations with microorganisms, and for improving strategies for more sustainable deployment of disease resistance in crops.

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