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Suppression of Rice Blast by Preinoculation with Avirulent Pyricularia oryzae and the Nonrice Pathogen Bipolaris sorokiniana

July 1998 , Volume 88 , Number  7
Pages  735 - 739

H. K. Manandhar , H. J. Lyngs Jørgensen , S. B. Mathur , and V. Smedegaard-Petersen

First author: Plant Pathology Division, Nepal Agricultural Research Council, P.O. Box 1126, Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal; second and fourth authors: Plant Pathology Section, Department of Plant Biology, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Thorvaldsensvej 40, DK-1871 Frederiksberg C, Copenhagen, Denmark; and third author: Danish Government Institute of Seed Pathology for Developing Countries, Ryvangs Allé 78, DK-2900 Hellerup, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Accepted for publication 19 March 1998.

Avirulent isolates of Pyricularia oryzae and isolates of Bipolaris sorokiniana, a nonrice pathogen, were used to suppress rice blast caused by P. oryzae. In greenhouse experiments, both fungi substantially reduced leaf blast when applied 24 h or more before the pathogen. B. sorokiniana, but not avirulent isolates of P. oryzae, systemically reduced disease in leaf 5 when applied to whole plants at the four-leaf stage. In field experiments, both fungi were able to reduce neck blast significantly. No increase in grain yield was obtained by using avirulent isolates of P. oryzae, whereas five sprays with B. sorokiniana from seedling to heading stages increased the grain yield in two of three experiments conducted at two locations in Nepal. The significant increase in yield was observed under high inoculum pressure of P. oryzae. Induced resistance is suggested to be involved in the suppression of disease.

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