Effect of freezing of <i>Neonectria ditissima</i> inoculum on its pathogenicity


  • R.W.A. Scheper
  • L. Frijters
  • B.M. Fisher
  • D.I. Hedderley




The fungus Neonectria ditissima causes European canker of apple To determine the pathogenicity of different isolates conidial inoculum of each isolate needs to be prepared Freezing inoculum ensures that conidia do not germinate before inoculation and facilitates screening of large numbers of isolates In this study conidial suspensions of three different isolates and field conidia collected from apple cankers were used to inoculate dormant potted 1yearold Royal Gala trees in a glasshouse Each conidial suspension were removed and inoculated with four replicates of two shoots per treatment Significant differences in disease incidence and lesion size were observed between the different isolates at each assessment date 5 to 15 weeks after inoculation (P<0003) but freezing the inoculum had no effect on disease incidence or lesion size Frozen conidial suspensions can be used for pathogenicity studies and may also be a longterm storage option for cultures




How to Cite

Scheper, R., Frijters, L., Fisher, B. and Hedderley, D. 2015. Effect of freezing of &lt;i&gt;Neonectria ditissima&lt;/i&gt; inoculum on its pathogenicity. New Zealand Plant Protection. 68, (Jan. 2015), 257–263. DOI:https://doi.org/10.30843/nzpp.2015.68.5800.




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