Reservoir of cultivated rice pathogens in wild rice in Australia

Dolar Pak, Ming Pei You, Vincent Lanoiselet, Martin J. Barbetti

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Rice production is currently expanding from the south-eastern regions of Australia into northern Australia where indigenous species of wild rice occur widely. A survey of fungal diseases on wild (Oryza australiensis, Oryza spp.) and cultivated rice (Oryza sativa) in North Queensland, Australia, in May 2014 revealed a diverse range of fungal genera species, including important pathogens of cultivated rice. Whilst a single isolate of Magnaporthe oryzae (causal agent of rice blast) was obtained from wild rice, Bipolaris oryzae (causal agent of brown spot) was the predominant pathogen detected under North Queensland conditions. For the first time for Australia, we report Rhizoctonia oryzae-sativae (causal agent of aggregate sheath spot) occurring on wild rice. Other pathogens detected on wild rice included Curvularia lunata, Cochliobolus intermedius, Cochliobolus geniculatus, and Fusarium equiseti present in the majority of wild rice samples. Nearby cultivated rice fields harboured additional pathogens not found in wild rice including Fusarium graminearum, Leptosphaeria spegazzinii and Cochliobolus lunatus, causing scab disease, glume blight and leaf blight, respectively. We also confirmed that Bipolaris oryzae from wild rice can infect cultivated rice. This study highlights the importance of wild rice species as alternative hosts harbouring pathogens of cultivated rice and the likely disease threats to expansion of cultivated rice into the same region(s) where wild rice is endemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-311
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Plant Pathology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017


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