Phytophthora infestans: the plant (and R gene) destroyer

Mol Plant Pathol. 2008 May;9(3):385-402. doi: 10.1111/j.1364-3703.2007.00465.x.


Phytophthora infestans remains a problem to production agriculture. Historically there have been many controversies concerning its biology and pathogenicity, some of which remain today. Advances in molecular biology and genomics promise to reveal fascinating insight into its pathogenicity and biology. However, the plasticity of its genome as revealed in population diversity and in the abundance of putative effectors means that this oomycete remains a formidable foe.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Genetic Speciation
  • Genetic Variation
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Phytophthora / genetics*
  • Phytophthora / physiology*
  • Plant Development
  • Plant Diseases / microbiology
  • Plants / microbiology*
  • Solanum tuberosum / growth & development
  • Solanum tuberosum / microbiology