Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection

, Volume 115, Issue 5, pp 220–228 | Cite as

Selection of antagonists from compost to control soil-borne pathogens

  • M. Pugliese
  • B. P. Liu
  • M. L. Gullino
  • A. Garibaldi


One-hundred and one microorganisms have been selected and tested for their antagonistic activity towards soil-borne plant pathogens from a compost originated from urban organic and yard wastes. Among them, twenty eight microorganisms, tested under laboratory conditions on tomato seedlings growing on perlite medium in Petri plates, controlled tomato wilt caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. radicis-lycopersici. In a second round of trials, they were assessed under greenhouse condition on three pathosystems: Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. basilici on basil, Phytophthora nicotianae on tomato and Rhizoctonia solani on bean. The Fusarium strain K5 showed a disease control of 69% and an increase in biomass production of basil of 32% compared to inoculated control. In the case of tomato/P. nicotianae, the bacteria strain B17 showed a disease control of 82% and an increase of 216% of biomass production of tomato. Two microorganisms, E19 and P11 controlled root and stem rot caused by R. solani on bean and increased the biomass of bean up to 163%. None of the microorganisms was able to control all the soil-borne pathogens. Three Fusarium (K7, K9 and K11) and two Trichoderma (E28 and E36) isolates showed the best results and were tested in a third round of trials mixed together and at different dosages. Two Fusarium isolates, K7 and K9, were able to control F. oxysporum f. sp. basilici and confirmed they could be used in the future as commercial antagonists.

Key words

biological control Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. basilici Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. racidis-lycopersici Rhizoctonia solani Phytophthora nicotianae Trichoderma sp. 


biologische Kontrolle Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. basilici Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. racidis-lycopersici Rhizoctonia solani Phytophthora nicotianae Trichoderma sp. 

Selektion von Antagonisten aus Kompost zur Kontrolle bodenbürtiger Pathogene


Einhundertundeins verschiedene Mikroorganismen wurden aus einem Kompost isoliert, der aus Haushalts- und Gartenabfällen stammte. Die Isolate wurden hinsichtlich ihrer antagonistischen Wirkung gegenüber bodenbürtigen Pflanzenpathogenen untersucht. Einundzwanzig dieser Isolate wirkten gegenüber der durch Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. radicis-lycopersici verursachten Tomatenwelke an Tomatensämlingen, die im Labor in Petrischalen auf Perlit-Medium angezogen wurden. Diese Isolate wurden dann in einer zweiten Versuchsrunde im Gewächshaus an den Pathosystemen Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. basilici an Basilikum, Phytophthora nicotianae an Tomaten und Rhizoctonia solani an Bohnen getestet. Der Fusarium-Stamm K5 reduzierte die Anzahl abgetöteter Basilikumpflanzen um 69% und erhöhte die Biomasse um 32% im Vergleich zur nicht mit diesem Stamm behandelten, mit F. oxysporum f. sp. basilici inokulierten Kontrolle. Der Bakterienstamm B17 verminderte die Zahl durch P. nicotianae abgetöteten Tomatenpflanzen um 82% und erhöhte die Biomasse der Pflanzen um 216%. Die Mikroorganismen E19 und P11 verminderten die Anzahl der durch R. solani, den Verursacher der Wurzel- und Stängelfäule der Bohne abgetöteten Pflanzen um 49 bzw. 42%; gleichzeitig wurde die Biomasse der Bohnenpflanzen um bis zu 163% erhöht. Keiner dieser Mikroorganismen wirkte gegenüber allen untersuchten bodenbürtigen Pathogenen antagonistisch. Drei Fusarium-(K7, K9 und K11) und zwei Trichoderma-Isolate (E28 und E36) zeigten die beste Wirkung und wurden in einer dritten Versuchsrunde kombiniert in verschiedenen Dosierungen getestet. Die beiden Fusarium-Isolate K7 und K9 waren in der Lage, F. oxysporum f. sp. basilici zu kontrollieren und besitzen daher das Potenzial, zukünftig kommerziell im Basilikumanbau eingesetzt zu werden.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Pugliese
    • 1
  • B. P. Liu
    • 1
  • M. L. Gullino
    • 1
  • A. Garibaldi
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre of Competence for the Innovation in the Agro-Environmental field (AGROINNOVA)University of TorinoGrugliasco (TO)Italy

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