Biochemistry, Department of


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Ann. Rev. Phytopathol. 1984. 22:273-307


Copyright © 1984 by Annual Reviews Inc.


As noted by Sequeira (110,111), the term recognition has become very popular in the literature of host-pathogen interactions over the last ten years. Despite recent facile usage, its meaning is not always clear to me. Recognition is defined by Clarke & Knox (16) as the "initial event in cell-cell communication that elicits a defined biochemical, physiological, or morphological response." This requires the not-so-easy task of defining "initial event" and "communica­ tion" with precise chemical or physical mechanisms. For pathologists, Se­ queira (110) has provided a more restricted meaning: "An early specific event that triggers a rapid, overt response by the host, either facilitating or impeding further growth of the pathogen."