, Volume 109, Issue 3, pp 177–182 | Cite as

The possible involvement of cytokinins in the pathogenicity of Helminthosporium maydis

  • Renu Angra
  • C. L. Mandahar
  • A. Gulati


Green islands/infection sites recorded higher cytokinin activity than surrounding tissue as well as non-inoculated tissue. This activity in infected areas increased with time of incubation while in tissue surrounding the green islands and non-inoculated tissue, cytokinin activity decreased with time of incubation. The culture filtrate extracts of H. maydis had cytokinin activity which increased with growth of the fungus. Cytokinin activity of thin-layer Chromatographic fractions from tissue and culture filtrate extracts revealed that a major portion of the activity was confined to Rf zone 0.6 to 0.8 which co-chromatographed with zeatin and zeatin riboside. Presence of zeatin and zeatin riboside in tissue and culture filtrates was confirmed by high performance liquid chromatography. Cytokinin substances, such as zeatin and zeatin riboside, increase at infection sites with growth of the pathogen suggesting they may be involved in the pathogenicity of H. maydis on maize.

Key words

Helminthosporium maydis Zea mays Green islands/infection sites cytokinin activity pathogenicity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Renu Angra
    • 1
  • C. L. Mandahar
    • 1
  • A. Gulati
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanyPanjab UniversityChandigarhIndia

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