Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp 1167–1182 | Cite as

Systemic Effects of Heterobasidion annosum on Ferulic Acid Glucoside and Lignin of Presymptomatic Ponderosa Pine Phloem, and Potential Effects on Bark-Beetle-Associated Fungi

  • Pierluigi Bonello
  • Andrew J. Storer
  • Thomas R. Gordon
  • David L. Wood
  • Werner Heller


Concentrations of soluble phenolics and lignin in the phloem of ponderosa pines inoculated with the pathogen Heterobasidion annosum were assessed over a period of 2 years in a 35-year-old plantation in northern California, USA. The major effect of the pathogen on phloem-soluble phenolics consisted of a significant accumulation of ferulicacid glucoside: 503 ± 27 μg/g fresh weight (FW), compared with 366 ± 26 μg/g FW for mock-treated and 386 ± 27 μg/g FW for control trees. Lignin content was negatively correlated with ferulic acid glucoside concentration, and there was an indication of lignin reduction in the cell walls of inoculated trees. Lignin had a negative effect on the in vitro growth of two common bark beetle fungal associates, Ceratocystiopsis brevicomi and Ophiostoma minus. For this reason it, is hypothesized that lower lignification may facilitate the growth of beetle-associated fungi, resulting in greater susceptibility of the presymptomatic host to bark beetle colonization.

Pine root rot induction systemic accumulation phenolics lignin depletion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierluigi Bonello
    • 1
  • Andrew J. Storer
    • 2
  • Thomas R. Gordon
    • 1
  • David L. Wood
    • 2
  • Werner Heller
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Plant PathologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  2. 2.Division of Insect BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.School of Forest Resources and Environmental ScienceMichigan Technological UniversityHoughtonUSA

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