Factors affecting the development of Phytophthora alni ssp. alni infections in Alnus glutinosa L.
P. Štochlová, K. Novotná, K. Černýhttps://doi.org/10.17221/26/2011-JFSCitation:Štochlová P., Novotná K., Černý K. (2012): Factors affecting the development of Phytophthora alni ssp. alni infections in Alnus glutinosa L. J. For. Sci., 58: 123-130.
Phytophthora alni is responsible for a devastating disease in alder and changes in the environment of riparian and alder carr ecosystems. One of the main approaches to solve this problem is to find naturally resistant genotypes using a series of artificial inoculation experiments, to preserve and use them in programmes for resistance breeding. However, the results of artificial inoculation experiments (screening for natural resistance) can be affected by several factors. The potential effect of the social status of the host, the presence of naturally occurring P. alni infections, the season and the size of the sections of branches used were studied in a series of infection experiments. It was found out that the development of lesions was significantly affected by the year season (the largest lesions were found in summer) and by the presence of naturally occurring P. alni infections in the sampled trees (the lesions were five times larger in healthy trees and trees recovered from natural P. alni infections compared to trees with active disease development).Keywords:
Alnus glutinosa; black alder; Phytophthora alni subsp. alni; infection experiment; natural infection; seasonal variation