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Abscisic acid influences the susceptibility of Arabidopsis thaliana to Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato and Peronospora parasitica
journal contributionposted on 2003-01-01, 00:00 authored by P Mohr, David CahillDavid Cahill
The phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) plays a major role in the regulation of many physiological stresses although its role in pathogen-induced stress remains poorly understood. We examined the influence of ABA on interactions of Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh. (Arabidopsis) with a bacterial pathogen, Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato and an Oomycete, Peronospora parasitica. Both addition of 100 μM ABA to plants and drought stress stimulated increased susceptibility of Arabidopsis to an avirulent isolate of P. syringae pv. tomato. In contrast, an ABA-deficient mutant of Arabidopsis, aba1-1, displayed reduced susceptibility to virulent isolates of P. parasitica. An ABA-insensitive mutant, abi1-1, that is impaired in ABA signal transduction did not alter in susceptibility to either P. syringae pv. tomato or P. parasitica. These results demonstrate that the concentration of endogenous ABA at the time of pathogen challenge is important for the development of susceptibility in Arabidopsis.
JournalFunctional plant biology
Pagination461 - 469
Publication classificationC1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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