Crosstalk between abiotic and biotic stress responses: a current view from the points of convergence in the stress signaling networks

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2006 Aug;9(4):436-42. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2006.05.014. Epub 2006 Jun 8.


Plants have evolved a wide range of mechanisms to cope with biotic and abiotic stresses. To date, the molecular mechanisms that are involved in each stress has been revealed comparatively independently, and so our understanding of convergence points between biotic and abiotic stress signaling pathways remain rudimentary. However, recent studies have revealed several molecules, including transcription factors and kinases, as promising candidates for common players that are involved in crosstalk between stress signaling pathways. Emerging evidence suggests that hormone signaling pathways regulated by abscisic acid, salicylic acid, jasmonic acid and ethylene, as well as ROS signaling pathways, play key roles in the crosstalk between biotic and abiotic stress signaling.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Plant Diseases / microbiology*
  • Plants / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*