Plant and Soil

, Volume 107, Issue 1, pp 3–9

Biological control ofFusarium oxysporum f.sp.cubense in banana by inoculation withPseudomonas fluorescens

  • E. Sivamani
  • S. S. Gnanamanickam

DOI: 10.1007/BF02371537

Cite this article as:
Sivamani, E. & Gnanamanickam, S.S. Plant Soil (1988) 107: 3. doi:10.1007/BF02371537


Native strains ofPseudomonas fluorescens exhibitedin vitro antibiosis towards isolates of races 1 and 4 ofFusarium oxysporum f.sp.cubense, the Panama wilt pathogen of banana. The seedlings ofMusa balbisiana seedlings treated withP. fluorescens showed less severe wilting and internal discolouration due toF. oxysporum f.sp.cubense infection in greenhouse experiments. In addition to suppressing Panama wilt, bacterized seedlings ofM. balbisiana also showed better root growth and enhanced plant height.

Key words

bacterizationbiological controlPanama wilt of bananaPseudomonas fluorescens

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Sivamani
    • 1
  • S. S. Gnanamanickam
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre of Advanced Study in BotanyUniversity of MadrasMadrasIndia