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Induction of systemic resistance byPseudomonas fluorescens Pf1 againstXanthomonas oryzae pv.Oryzae in rice leaves

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When lower leaves of rice plants were inoculated with powder formulation of a saprophytic strain ofPseudomonas fluorescens, Pfl, upper leaves, in addition to the inoculated lower leaves, showed resistance to the rice bacterial blight pathogenXanthomonas oryzae pv.oryzae. When the leaves were challenge-inoculated withX. oryzae pv.oryzae 4 days afterP. fluorescens application on lower leaves, the disease intensity in upper leaves decreased from 6.7 to 1.1. When rice seeds were treated with the formulation ofP. fluorescens Pfl and sown, 30-day-old seedlings showed resistance toX. oryzae pv.oryzae and the disease intensity decreased from 6.8 to 1.2. The induced resistance was transient; leaves sprayed withP. fluorescens Pfl at 30 days after treatment and leaves of 60-day-old seedlings fromP. fluorescens-treated seeds did not show resistance to the pathogen. In field trials, seed treatment followed by foliar application of the powder formulation ofP. fluorescens Pfl effectively controlled rice bacterial blight and increased the yield. In the induced resistant leaves a sharp increase in lignification and activities of peroxidase, phenylalanine ammonia-lyase and 4-coumarate: CoA ligase was observed when the leaves were challenge-inoculated withX. oryzae pv.oryzae. An approximately threefold increase in lignin content, peroxidase activity and phenylalanine ammonia-lyase activity and a fivefold increase in 4-coumarate: CoA ligase activity were observed 5 days after challenge inoculation withX. oryzae pv.oryzae in rice leaves pretreated withP. fluorescens for 5 days. A similar increase in defense-related activities was not observed in susceptible interactions or inP. fluorescens-treated plants at later stages of interactions when no resistance to the pathogen was observed.

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Vidhyasekaran, P., Kamala, N., Ramanathan, A. et al. Induction of systemic resistance byPseudomonas fluorescens Pf1 againstXanthomonas oryzae pv.Oryzae in rice leaves. Phytoparasitica 29, 155 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02983959

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Key Words

  • Bacterial leaf blight
  • Xanthomonas oryzae pv.oryzae
  • fluorescent pseudomonads
  • Pseudomonas fluorescens Pfl
  • induced resistance
  • Oryza saliva