, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 197–205 | Cite as

Some physiological studies in two species of phytophthora

  • Vasant Gurunath Rao
  • M. K. Desai
  • N. B. Kulkarni


The paper deals with some physiological studies viz., (1) Production of enzymes (2) Effect of chemicals and sugar solutions and (3) Utilization of amino acids, by two species ofPhytophthora i.e.,Phytophthora palmivoraButler andP. parasiticaDast. var.macrosporaAshby., isolated from rotten fruits ofAchras sapota andAnona squamosa respectively.

In the study of production of extra-cellular enzymes, it was found that both the isolates ofPhytophthora produced enzymes like inulase, amidase, emulsin and diastase in small quantity.

Among the various chemicals and salt solutions used to study their effects in the formation of sporangia; it was observed that these were remarkably produced in abundance by both the species ofPhytophthora specially in the chemical solutions like sodium chloride, potassium nitrate, sodium thiosulphate and potassium permanganate. On the other hand, chemical solutions like strontium sulphate, potassium chromate, ammonium oxalate, zinc sulphate, copper sulphate, potassium sulphate, strontium nitrate and ferrous sulphate completely ceased the sporangial development. Among the various sugar solutions tried, dextrose, galactose, glucose, laevulose and fructose accelerated sporangial formation.

An attempt was also made to study the effect of various amino acids singly or in combination on growth and sporulation. Both the isolates under study, utilized L-Arganine monohydrochloride and DL-Aspartic acid, hence these were growth promoters. It is interesting to note that the growth of the isolates was good, only when DL-Norleucine and DL-Methionine (both growth inhibitors) were provided in combination.


Phytophthora Sugar Solution Thiosulphate Potassium Permanganate Ferrous Sulphate 


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© Dr. W. Junk N.V. 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vasant Gurunath Rao
    • 1
  • M. K. Desai
    • 1
  • N. B. Kulkarni
    • 1
  1. 1.Plant Pathology LaboratoriesCollege of AgriculturePoona-5India

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