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Curr Opin Virol. 2017 Oct;26:112-119. doi: 10.1016/j.coviro.2017.07.030. Epub 2017 Aug 10.

Boosting innate immunity to sustainably control diseases in crops.

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INRA-Aquitaine and University of Bordeaux, UMR1332, CS20032, 33882 Villenave d'Ornon, France; INRA-Aquitaine and Bordeaux Science Agro, UMR1391, CS20032, 33882 Villenave d'Ornon, France. Electronic address:


Viruses cause epidemics in all major crops, threatening global food security. The development of efficient and durable resistance able to withstand viral attacks represents a major challenge for agronomy, and relies greatly on the understanding of the molecular dialogue between viral pathogens and their hosts. Research over the last decades provided substantial advances in the field of plant-virus interactions. Remarkably, the advent of studies of plant innate immunity has recently offered new strategies exploitable in the field. This review summarizes the recent breakthroughs that define the mechanisms underlying antiviral innate immunity in plants, and emphasizes the importance of integrating that knowledge into crop improvement actions, particularly by exploiting the insights related to immune receptors.

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