Unraveling the diversity and functions of sugar transporters for sustainable management of wheat rust

Charu Lata, Anshul Sharma Manjul, Pramod Prasad, O. P. Gangwar, Sneha Adhikari, Sonu, Subodh Kumar, S. C. Bhardwaj, Gyanendra Singh, Mahesh Kumar Samota, Mukesh Choudhary, Abhishek Bohra, Rajeev K. Varshney

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Plant diseases threaten global food security by reducing the production and quality of produce. Identification of disease resistance sources and their utilization in crop improvement is of paramount significance. However, constant evolution and occurrence of new, more aggressive and highly virulent pathotypes disintegrates the resistance of cultivars and hence demanding the steady stream of disease resistance cultivars as the most sustainable way of disease management. In this context, molecular tools and technologies facilitate an efficient and rational engineering of crops to develop cultivars having resistance to multiple pathogens and pathotypes. Puccinia spp. is biotrophic fungi that interrupt crucial junctions for causing infection, thus risking nutrient access of wheat plants and their subsequent growth. Sugar is a major carbon source taken from host cells by pathogens. Sugar transporters (STPs) are key players during wheat-rust interactions that regulate the transport, exchange, and allocation of sugar at plant-pathogen interfaces. Intense competition for accessing sugars decides fate of incompatibility or compatibility between host and the pathogen. The mechanism of transport, allocation, and signaling of sugar molecules and role of STPs and their regulatory switches in determining resistance/susceptibility to rusts in wheat is poorly understood. This review discusses the molecular mechanisms involving STPs in distribution of sugar molecules for determination of rust resistance/susceptibility in wheat. We also present perspective on how detailed insights on the STP’s role in wheat-rust interaction will be helpful in devising efficient strategies for wheat rust management.

Original languageEnglish
Article number213
JournalFunctional and Integrative Genomics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2023


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