American Journal of Potato Research

, Volume 95, Issue 3, pp 311–316 | Cite as

An In Vitro Assay Method for Resistance to Bacterial Wilt (Ralstonia solanacearum) in Potato

  • Ippei HabeEmail author
Short Communication


To develop an in vitro assay method for bacterial wilt resistance in potato, resistant and susceptible standard genotypes were grown in vitro, and different conditions of inoculation with Ralstonia solanacearum phylotype I/biovar 4 were examined. The optimal condition was the inoculation of 6–8 leaf stage plants with a bacterial concentration of 102 CFU ml−1 and an incubation temperature of 28 °C. Evaluation of stem wilting was more reliable than that of leaf wilting. Using this method, nine genotypes with different resistance levels in the field were evaluated. Lower disease indices were obtained for genotypes with high resistance levels in the field, suggesting that this assay is useful for evaluating bacterial wilt resistance in a controlled environment.


Phylotype I/biovar 4 Growth chamber Controlled environment Cultured plantlet 


A fin de desarrollar un método de un ensayo in vitro para resistencia de la papa al marchitamiento bacterial, se cultivaron in vitro genotipos estándar resistentes y susceptibles, y se examinaron diferentes condiciones de inoculación con Ralstonia solanacearum filotipo l/biovar 4. La condición óptima fue la inoculación de plantas en un estado de 6–8 hojas con una concentración bacteriana de 102 CFU ml-1, y una temperatura de incubación de 28 °C. La evaluación de la marchites del tallo fue más confiable que la de la hoja. Utilizando este método se evaluaron nueve genotipos con diferentes niveles de resistencia en el campo. Se obtuvieron índices más bajos de enfermedad para genotipos con altos niveles de resistencia en el campo, lo que sugiere que este ensayo es útil para evaluar la resistencia a la marchites bacteriana en un ambiente controlado.



I thank Dr. Kazuyoshi Hosaka, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, for useful comments and improving the manuscript.

This study was performed in compliance with the laws of Japan, where the experiments were conducted.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nagasaki Agricultural and Forestry Technical Development CenterNagasakiJapan

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