Oxidative burst and plant disease resistance

Front Biosci (Elite Ed). 2009 Jun 1;1:142-52.


This mini-review summarizes briefly main facts and speculations on roles of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in plant interactions with pathogenic microflora. Examples relating the infection-induced oxidative burst with innate or acquired resistance or susceptibility are provided. Agents triggering ROS production, ROS sources and ROS-involving defense reactions are listed. Special attention has been drawn to the ROS involved in either resistance or compatibility and which are produced by both host and pathogen.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Host-Pathogen Interactions / immunology*
  • Immunity, Innate / immunology*
  • Plant Diseases / immunology*
  • Plant Diseases / microbiology
  • Plant Diseases / parasitology
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / immunology
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / metabolism*
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / toxicity*
  • Respiratory Burst / immunology*


  • Reactive Oxygen Species