Changes in Aggressiveness of the Ascochyta lentis Population in Southern Australia
AuthorDavidson, J; Smetham, G; Russ, MH; McMurray, L; Rodda, M; Krysinska-Kaczmarek, M; Ford, R
Source TitleFrontiers in Plant Science
PublisherFRONTIERS MEDIA SA
AffiliationAgriculture and Food Systems
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsDavidson, J., Smetham, G., Russ, M. H., McMurray, L., Rodda, M., Krysinska-Kaczmarek, M. & Ford, R. (2016). Changes in Aggressiveness of the Ascochyta lentis Population in Southern Australia. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE, 7 (MAR2016), https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2016.00393.
Access StatusOpen Access
Anecdotal evidence identified a change in the reaction of the resistant lentil cv Nipper to ascochyta blight in South Australia in 2010 and subsequent seasons, leading to infection. This study investigated field reactions of lentil cultivars against Ascochyta lentis and the pathogenic variability of the A. lentis population in southern Australia on commonly grown cultivars and on parental germplasm used in the Australian lentil breeding program. Disease data recorded in agronomic and plant breeder field trials from 2005 to 2014 in southern Australia confirmed the change in reaction on the foliage of the previously resistant cvs Nipper and Northfield. Cultivar responses to seed staining from A. lentis did not change. The change in foliar response was confirmed in a series of controlled environment experiments using single, conidium-derived, isolates of A. lentis collected over different years and inoculated onto differential host sets. Specific isolate/cultivar interactions produced a significant range of disease reactions from high to low aggressiveness with a greater percentage of isolates more aggressive on cvs Nipper, Northfield and PBA Flash than previously detected. Specific isolates were tested against Australian lentil cultivars and breeding lines in controlled conditions, again verifying the aggressiveness on cv Nipper. A small percentage of isolates collected prior to the commercial release of cv Nipper were also able to infect this cultivar indicating a natural variability of the A. lentis population which subsequently may have been selected in response to high cropping intensity of cv Nipper. Spore release studies from naturally infested lentil stubbles collected from commercial crops also resulted in a high percentage of infection on the previously resistant cvs Nipper and Northfield. Less than 10% of the lesions developed on the resistant differentials ILL7537 and cv Indianhead. Pathogenic variation within the seasonal populations was not affected by the cultivar from which the stubble was sourced, further indicating a natural variability in aggressiveness. The impact of dominant cultivars in cropping systems and loss of effective disease resistance is discussed. Future studies are needed to determine if levels of aggressiveness among A. lentis isolates are increasing against a range of elite cultivars.
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