Hormone crosstalk in plant disease and defense: more than just jasmonate-salicylate antagonism

Annu Rev Phytopathol. 2011;49:317-43. doi: 10.1146/annurev-phyto-073009-114447.


Until recently, most studies on the role of hormones in plant-pathogen interactions focused on salicylic acid (SA), jasmonic acid (JA), and ethylene (ET). It is now clear that pathogen-induced modulation of signaling via other hormones contributes to virulence. A picture is emerging of complex crosstalk and induced hormonal changes that modulate disease and resistance, with outcomes dependent on pathogen lifestyles and the genetic constitution of the host. Recent progress has revealed intriguing similarities between hormone signaling mechanisms, with gene induction responses often achieved by derepression. Here, we report on recent advances, updating current knowledge on classical defense hormones SA, JA, and ET, and the roles of auxin, abscisic acid (ABA), cytokinins (CKs), and brassinosteroids in molding plant-pathogen interactions. We highlight an emerging theme that positive and negative regulators of these disparate hormone signaling pathways are crucial regulatory targets of hormonal crosstalk in disease and defense.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Plant Diseases / immunology*
  • Plant Growth Regulators / metabolism*
  • Plant Immunity / immunology*
  • Plants / genetics
  • Plants / immunology*
  • Plants / metabolism
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*
  • Virulence


  • Plant Growth Regulators