The importance of the type and time of inoculation and assessment in the determination of resistance in Brassica napus and B. juncea to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum

Caixia Li, Hua Li, A.B. Siddique, K. Sivasithamparam, P. Salisbury, S.S. Banga, C. Chattopadhyay, A. Kumar, R. Singh, D. Singh, A. Agnihotri, S.Y. Liu, Y.C. Li, J. Tu, T.D. Fu, Y.F. Wang, Martin Barbetti

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Abstract

Sclerotinia stem rot (SSR) is a significant agricultural problem worldwide. Finding sources of resistance is crucial to the ongoing search for better management of this disease. Brassica germplasm from Australia, China and India was screened for resistance to SSR under Western Australian field conditions following stem inoculation, application of a spray of mycelial suspension, or as a consequence of myceliogenic germination originating from sclerotia resident in soil. Significant differences in response were observed among 53 genotypes using each of the three screening methods. There was a variable impact of the time of inoculation on the disease level depending upon time of assessment post-stem inoculation. However, this impact could be reduced to an insignificant level provided the assessment after stem inoculation was delayed until 3 weeks post-inoculation. The results of these studies indicate that the use of appropriate inoculation and assessment methods could significantly reduce variability in the responses commonly observed in screening for resistance in crop plants against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1198-1203
Journal Australian Journal of Agricultural Research
Volume58
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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