Killing softly: a roadmap of Botrytis cinerea pathogenicity

Kai Bi, Yong Liang, Tesfaye Mengiste, Amir Sharon*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Botrytis cinerea, a widespread plant pathogen with a necrotrophic lifestyle, causes gray mold disease in many crops. Massive secretion of enzymes and toxins was long considered to be the main driver of infection, but recent studies have uncovered a rich toolbox for B. cinerea pathogenicity. The emerging picture is of a multilayered infection process governed by the exchange of factors that collectively contribute to disease development. No plant shows complete resistance against B. cinerea, but pattern-triggered plant immune responses have the potential to significantly reduce disease progression, opening new possibilities for producing B. cinerea-tolerant plants. We examine current B. cinerea infection models, highlight knowledge gaps, and suggest directions for future studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-222
Number of pages12
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2023


FundersFunder number
Key Laboratory of Integrated Pests Management on Crops in Central China/Hubei Key Laboratory of Crop Diseases
United States - Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund5261-20C, 202108280009
China Scholarship Council2022ZTSJJ6


    • Botrytis cinerea
    • infection structures
    • necrotrophic fungal pathogenesis
    • virulence factors


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