European Journal of Plant Pathology

, Volume 109, Issue 6, pp 577–587 | Cite as

Studies on in vitro Growth and Pathogenicity of European Fusarium Fungi

  • J.M. Brennan
  • B. Fagan
  • A. van Maanen
  • B.M. Cooke
  • F.M. Doohan


The effect of temperature on the in vitro growth rates and pathogenicity of a European Fusarium collection consisting of isolates of Fusarium graminearum,F. culmorum,F. avenaceum, F. poae and Microdochium nivale was examined. Irrespective of geographic origin, the optimum temperature for the growth of F. graminearum, F. culmorum and F. poae was 25 °C, while that for F. avenaceum and M. nivale was 20 °C. In general, the growth rates of F. graminearum, F. culmorum and F. poae increased between 10 and 25 °C and those of F. avenaceum and M. nivale increased between 10 and 20 °C. Pathogenicity tests were carried out by examining the effect of the five species on the in vitro coleoptile growth rate of wheat seedlings (cv. Falstaff). Irrespective of geographic origin, the temperature at which F. avenaceum, F. culmorum and F. graminearum caused the greatest retardation in coleoptile growth ranges 20–25 °C (>89.3% reduction), whilst for F. poae and M. nivale it was 10–15 °C (>45.6% retardation), relative to uninoculated control seedlings. In general, F. culmorum and F. graminearum were the most pathogenic of the five species, causing at least a 69% reduction in coleoptile growth at 10, 15, 20 and 25 °C. General linear model analysis (GLIM) showed that species accounted for 51.3–63.4% of the variation in isolate growth and from 19.5% to 44.3% of the variation in in vitro pathogenicity. Country of origin contributed from 22.6% to 51.9% to growth rate variation and from 0.73% to 7.61% to pathogenicity variation. The only significant correlation between in vitro growth and pathogenicity was that observed for M. nivale at 15 °C (r = -0.803, P < 0.05).

Fusarium species in vitro growth seedling pathogenicity temperature sensitivity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J.M. Brennan
    • 1
  • B. Fagan
    • 1
  • A. van Maanen
    • 1
  • B.M. Cooke
    • 1
  • F.M. Doohan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Resource Management, Agriculture and Food Science BuildingUniversity College DublinBelfield, Dublin 4Ireland

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