Canadian Forest Service Publications

Les anticorps monoclonaux : une technologie de pointe en phytopathologie. 1985. Benhamou, N.; Ouellette, G.B. Phytoprotection 66 : 5-15.

Year: 1985

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 14285

Language: French

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Abstract

Monoclonal antibodies produced against plant pathogens or against substances produced by these agents constitute one of the most promising tools for antigen detection and immunocytochemical studies of modern plant pathology. Although recent, their introduction in the field of plant pathology has been especially successful with some viruses as well as with fungi. The specificity of monoclonal antibodies for a unique epitope of any molecule even from unpurified antigens, their homogeneity, and their production in unlimited supply are assets favouring their use. The monoclonal antibody technology will undoubtedly give rise to increasing interest for disease diagnosis, strain differentiation, and topographical analysis of a great variety of molecules related to host pathogen interactions. Selected examples of this technology in the field of plant pathology are presented in this article.