Inconspicuous restraint of rice seedling growth by root-infecting fungi in soil of a rice paddy field
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- Furuya, H., Matsumoto, T., Fuji, S. et al. J Gen Plant Pathol (2003) 69: 115. doi:10.1007/s10327-002-0023-x
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Rice seedling growth, estimated by plant height and root development and discoloration, was better in pasteurized soil than in unpasteurized soil obtained from a flooded rice field. Rice seedlings also grew better in sterilized soil modified by adding roots harvested from the pasteurized soil than in soil modified by adding roots harvested from the unpasteurized soil. The results demonstrate that seedling growth in the rice field soil was inhibited by soil microorganisms, even though no typical symptoms such as seedling blight or damping-off appeared. Pythium aristosporum is suggested to be involved in the inhibition. Thus, it appears that inconspicuous restraint of rice seedling growth could occur in soils of rice paddy fields.