The receptor-like kinase SERK3/BAK1 is required for basal resistance against the late blight pathogen phytophthora infestans in Nicotiana benthamiana

Angela Chaparro-Garcia, Rachael C. Wilkinson, Selena Gimenez-Ibanez, Kim Findlay, Michael D. Coffey, Cyril Zipfel, John P. Rathjen, Sophien Kamoun, Sebastian Schornack

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The filamentous oomycete plant pathogen Phytophthora infestans causes late blight, an economically important disease, on members of the nightshade family (Solanaceae), such as the crop plants potato and tomato. The related plant Nicotiana benthamiana is a model system to study plant-pathogen interactions, and the susceptibility of N. benthamiana to Phytophthora species varies from susceptible to resistant. Little is known about the extent to which plant basal immunity, mediated by membrane receptors that recognise conserved pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs), contributes to P. infestans resistance.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere16608
JournalPLoS One
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2011


  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phytophthora infestans
  • Plant Diseases
  • Plant Immunity
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases
  • Tobacco

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