Molecular soybean-pathogen interactions

Steven A. Whitham, Mingsheng Qi, Roger W. Innes, Wenbo Ma, Valéria Lopes-Caitar, Tarek Hewezi

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Soybean hosts a wide variety of pathogens that cause significant yield losses. The importance of soybean as a major oilseed crop has led to research focused on its interactions with pathogens, such as Soybean mosaic virus, Pseudomonas syringae, Phytophthora sojae, Phakopsora pachyrhizi, and Heterodera glycines. Pioneering work on soybean's interactions with these organisms, which represent the five major pathogen groups (viruses, bacteria, oomycetes, fungi, and nematodes), has contributed to our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying virulence and immunity. These mechanisms involve conserved and unique features that validate the need for research in both soybean and homologous model systems. In this review, we discuss identification of effectors and their functions as well as resistance gene-mediated recognition and signaling. We also point out areas in which model systems and recent advances in resources and tools have provided opportunities to gain deeper insights into soybean-pathogen interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-468
Number of pages26
JournalAnnual Review of Phytopathology
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2016


  • Cyst nematode
  • Effector
  • Phakopsora pachyrhizi
  • Phytophthora sojae
  • Pseudomonas syringae
  • Resistance gene
  • Soybean mosaic virus

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