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Front. Plant Sci. | doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.01345

Genomics of plant disease resistance in legumes

  • 1Noble Research Institute, LLC, United States
  • 2Research, Noble Research Institute, LLC, United States

The constant interactions between plants and pathogens in the environment and the resulting outcomes are of significant importance for agriculture and agricultural scientists. Disease resistance genes in plant cultivars can break down in the field due to the evolution of pathogens under high selection pressure. Thus, protection of crop plants against pathogens is a continuous arms race. Like any other crop plants, legumes are also susceptible to many pathogens. The dawn of the genomic era with high-throughput and cost-effective genomic tools has revolutionized our understanding of the complex interactions between legumes and pathogens. The genomic tools have enabled a global view of transcriptome changes during these interactions that identified several key players in both the resistant and susceptible interactions. This review summarizes some of the large-scale genomic studies that comprehend the host transcriptional changes during interactions between legumes and their plant pathogens while highlighting some of the molecular breeding tools that are available to introgress the traits into breeding programs. These studies provide valuable insights into the molecular basis of different levels of host defenses in resistant and susceptible interactions.

Keywords: Disease Resistance, Genomics, legumes, Nonhost resistance (NHR), GWAS - genome-wide association study, QTL (quantitative trait loci)

Received: 30 Apr 2019; Accepted: 27 Sep 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Kankanala, Nandety and Mysore. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Kirankumar S. Mysore, Noble Research Institute, LLC, Research, Ardmore, 73401, OK, United States, ksmysore@noble.org