Physiology of the spike disease of sandal

  • B. N. Sastri


The study of physiological characteristics of virus diseases will be found useful in (1) diagnosing the disease at an early stage and (2) in discovering resistant strains. Such studies have hardly been begun with sandal. Holmes (1932) has recently developed a technique of iodine staining which renders local lesions, due to virus, conspicuous and reveals the points of infection. Such studies may be profitably extended to sandal spike. Resistant varieties are generally characterised by low acidity and poor oxidase activities. Other factors of disease resistance, such, for instance as, phenols, glocosides, alkaloids, etc., have to be investigated. The study of active groups in tissue fluids for which a scheme was recently outlined (Sastri and Sreenivasaya, 1934) may usefully be undertaken in this connection. The possibility of nurturing sandal through appropriate hosts to impart resistance to disease has been amply demonstrated by the work of Sreenivasaya and the study of physiological characters of such plants would give results of great significance.


Oxalic Acid Succinic Acid Malic Acid Methyl Glyoxal Gluconic Acid 
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  • B. N. Sastri
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  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryIndian Institute of ScienceBangalore

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