European Journal of Plant Pathology

, Volume 124, Issue 1, pp 163–170 | Cite as

Assessment of infection in wheat by Fusarium protein equivalent levels

  • S. Šliková
  • V. Šudyová
  • P. Martinek
  • I. Polišenská
  • E. Gregová
  • D. Mihálik


Determination of the Fusarium protein equivalent (FPE) levels in kernels for better characterisation of genotypes showing Fusarium head blight (FHB) resistance, and better detection of susceptibility to kernel infection among genotypes with slight symptom expression was carried out. Twelve wheat cultivars and eight hexaploid winter wheat lines derived from a cross of Triticum aestivum with related species T. macha, T. polonicum, and T. dicoccoides were evaluated for levels of spike and kernel infection, the content of the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) and FPE in kernels after artificial inoculation with the fungus Fusarium culmorum in the field in 2006–2007. The ELISA immunochemical method was employed for the quantitative analyses of DON and FPE. Three wheat lines had a significantly low infection of spikes and kernels compared to cvs Sumai 3 and Nobeoka Bozu, indicating the presence of specific resistance mechanisms to FHB. The significantly low AUDPC (area under the disease progress curve) and the high level of FPE and DON content in kernels indicated a lack of resistance in one wheat line (crossed with T. polonicum). The results showed highly significant correlations (P < 0.01) between FPE and DON content and between FPE and AUDPC. In addition, correlations between FPE and reductions in yield components were also highly significant. Quantification of Fusarium spp. in wheat kernels can be helpful for evaluating wheat genotypes for their levels of resistance to FHB.


Fusarium infection Triticum aestivum AUDPC Deoxynivalenol Yield components 



Fusarium protein equivalent




under disease progress curves


Fusarium-damaged kernels


reduction in 1,000-kernel weight


reduction in kernel weight per spike


reduction in kernel number per spike



The results were obtained within Research Projects No. 2006 UO 27/0910501/0910511 supported by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Slovak Republic and No. MSM 2532885901 supported by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Šliková
    • 1
  • V. Šudyová
    • 1
  • P. Martinek
    • 2
  • I. Polišenská
    • 2
  • E. Gregová
    • 1
  • D. Mihálik
    • 1
  1. 1.Slovak Agricultural Research CentreResearch Institute of Plant ProductionBratislavská cesta 122Slovak Republic
  2. 2.KroměřížCzech Republic

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