The Arabidopsis thaliana Glutathione S-transferase Phi8 (GSTF8) gene is recognised as a marker for early defence and stress responses. To identify regulators of these responses, a forward genetic screen for Arabidopsis mutants with up-regulated GSTF8 promoter activity was conducted by screening a mutagenized population containing a GSTF8 promoter fragment fused to the luciferase reporter gene (GSTF8:LUC).We previously identified several enhanced stress response (esr) mutants from this screen that conferred constitutive GSTF8:LUC activity and increased resistance to several pathogens and/or insects pests. Here we identified a further mutant constitutively expressing GSTF8:LUC and termed altered in stress response2 (asr2). Unlike the esr mutants, asr2 was more susceptible to disease symptom development induced by two necrotrophic fungal pathogens; the root pathogen Fusarium oxysporum, and the leaf pathogen Alternaria brassicicola. The asr2 allele was mapped to a 2.1 Mbp region of chromosome 2 and narrowed to four candidate loci.