Activity of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPRs) in the biocontrol of tomato Fusarium wilt L., Benchabane M., Charif A., Khélif L. (2017): Activity of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPRs) in the biocontrol of tomato Fusarium wilt. Plant Protect. Sci., 53: 78-84.
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The potential of Pseudomonas fluorescens PF15 and Pseudomonas putida PP27 to protect tomato plants against Fusarium wilt under greenhouse conditions was evaluated. In vitro antagonism showed a significant inhibition of the pathogen growth (47%) revealed by PF15. However, PP27 presented a 10% rate of the mycelium inhibition. An in situ experiment was conducted with split-root design for induced systemic resistance (ISR) and without split-root design to measure both ISR and antagonistic activities. Fluorescent Pseudomonas revealed a delay in the onset of symptoms and slower kinetics of disease progression compared to the pathogen control. McKinney’s index, which measures the severity of the disease, was reduced by 37–72%, and the levels of infection (incidence) by 7–36%.
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