Relationship between Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea soil inoculum level, host resistance and powdery scab on potato tubers in the field

J. L. Brierley*, L. Sullivan, S. J. Wale, A. J. Hilton, D. T. Kiezebrink, A. K. Lees

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Abstract

The relationship between initial soil inoculum level of Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea (Sss) and the incidence and severity of powdery scab on potato tubers at harvest was investigated. In all experiments soil inoculum level of Sss (sporeballs/g soil) was measured using a quantitative real-time PCR assay. Of 113 commercial potato fields across the UK, soil inoculum was detected in 75%, ranging from 0 to 148 Sss sporeballs/g soil. When arbitrary soil inoculum threshold values of 0, <10 and >10 sporeballs/g soil were set, it was observed that the number of progeny crops developing powdery scab increased with the level of inoculum quantified in the field soil preplanting. In four field trials carried out to investigate the link between the amount of inoculum added to the soil and disease development, disease incidence and severity on progeny tubers was found to be significantly (P<0·01) greater in plots with increasing levels of inoculum incorporated. There was a cultivar effect in all years, with disease incidence and severity scores being significantly greater in cvs Agria and Estima than in Nicola (P<0·01).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-420
Number of pages8
JournalPlant Pathology
Volume62
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - 1 Apr 2013

Keywords

  • Host resistance
  • Inoculum level
  • Powdery scab
  • Spongospora subterranea

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