American Journal of Potato Research

, Volume 77, Issue 5, pp 325–331 | Cite as

Recovery ofVerticillium dahliae from North American certified seed potatoes and characterization of strains by vegetative compatibility and aggressiveness

  • M. A. Omer
  • D. A. Johnson
  • R. C. Rowe


Samples of tubers collected from commercial potato seed lots produced across North America were assayed forVerticillium dahliae. V. dahliae was successfully isolated from 65 of 224 seed lots tested, a successful isolation rate of nearly 30%. Vegetative compatibility of the isolates was assessed through complementation tests using nitrate non-utilizing mutants. AllV. dahliae isolates belonged to vegetative compatibility group (VCG) 4. Of the 162 isolates recovered, 64% belonged to VCG 4A, 33% to VCG 4B, and 3% to VCG 4AB. All 39 of the isolates tested in the greenhouse on potato cv. Superior were pathogenic to potato. Disease symptoms developed earlier, were more severe, and plants died earlier when inoculated with VCG 4A compared to 4B isolates. As a group, AUSPC values were significantly higher (p=0.05) for VCG 4A than for 4B isolates. These data suggest that (1) commercial certified seed tubers from diverse locations are commonly infected withV. dahliae and thus may serve as primary sources of the pathogen; (2) potato isolates ofV. dahliae in North America belong to VCG 4A and 4B and these strains are widely distributed via seed tubers; and (3) VCG 4A and 4B are distinct pathotypes ofV. dahliae that vary in their aggressiveness to potato.

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Pathotypes seedborne disease 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. Omer
    • 1
  • D. A. Johnson
    • 2
  • R. C. Rowe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant PathologyThe Ohio State University/OARDCWooster
  2. 2.Department of Plant PathologyWashington State UniversityPullman

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