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Host Defenses Associated with Fruit Infection by Colletotrichum Species with an Emphasis on Anthracnose of Blueberries

T. D. Miles and A. C. Schilder

November 2013


Defense mechanisms in fruit against invasion by fungal pathogens fall into several categories, including fruit physiological factors, passive defense responses, and active defense responses. The infection strategy of Colletotrichum spp. varies with host and the tissue type being colonized, and range from hemibiotrophy to necrotrophy. To better understand host resistance mechanisms in blueberry fruits, the resistant cultivar Elliott was compared with the susceptible cultivar Jersey.


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