Medicago truncatula host/nonhost legume rust interactions

Maria Carlota Vaz Patto, Diego Rubiales

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Medicago truncatula is a model species to study legume defense mechanisms against rust infection. Different studies have characterized its host interactions with Uromyces striatus (alfalfa rust), and its nonhost resistance to other related rust species. The present review assesses how these studies allowed to understand the mechanisms of resistance operative in host and nonhost rust interactions, opening ways for the development of the necessary tools to speed up breeding for durable broad‐spectrum resistance to rust in otherwise unexplored legume crops.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Model Legume Medicago truncatula
EditorsFrans de Bruijn
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781119409144
ISBN (Print)9781119409151
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2019


  • Barrel medic
  • Host range
  • Phakopsora
  • Posthaustorial resistance
  • Prehaustorial resistance
  • Puccinia
  • Resistance mechanisms
  • Uromyces


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