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Reaction of Rice (Oryza sativa) Cultivars to Penetration and Infection by Curvularia tuberculata and C. oryzae

May 2002 , Volume 86 , Number  5
Pages  470 - 476

Lilian Z. de Luna , Graduate Student, Department of Plant Science, McGill University, 21,111 Lakeshore Road, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada H9X 3V9 and Scholar, International Rice Research Institute, DAPO 7777, Metro Manila, Philippines ; Alan K. Watson , Professor, Department of Plant Science, McGill University, and Weed Scientist (Seconded from McGill University), International Rice Research Institute ; and Timothy C. Paulitz , Associate Professor, Department of Plant Science, McGill University

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Accepted for publication 17 December 2001.

Isolates of Curvularia species were collected from weedy Cyperaceae species and are being evaluated as possible biocontrol agents of sedge weeds in rice (Oryza sativa). Curvularia species have been reported from rice; thus cultivars of rice were tested to determine rice seedling responses to these potential biocontrol agents. All 13 rice cultivars were resistant to Curvularia tuberculata isolate 93-022, 12 were resistant to C. tuberculata isolate 93-020, and 7 were resistant to C. oryzae isolate 93-061. In the resistant cultivars, lesions on the leaf laminae were small, light to dark brown, with a dry appearance. Spots on the leaf margins and leaf tips were light brown to cream and dry. In the susceptible cultivars, the brown lesions coalesced with necrotic centers. Sporulation was observed in the lesions on susceptible cultivars but not on the resistant cultivars. The histopathology of C. tuberculata and C. oryzae was studied in two resistant rice cultivars, IR 64 (IRRI Acc. no. 66970) and Norin 21 (IRRI Acc. no. 7686), by light microscopy. C. tuberculata exhibited polar germination beginning at 4 h postinoculation (HPI); whereas C. oryzae was characterized by bipolar germination starting at 2 HPI. Simple terminal or intercalary appressoria were initiated at 24 HPI over stomatal apertures, or rarely, on the epidermal cell walls and bulliform cells. No infection cushions were formed. Penetration occurred by the formation of a fine penetration peg beneath the appressorium. A chlorotic reaction was observed in areas beneath and adjacent to the appressoria and germ tubes and in the infected cells. Resistance of IR 64 and Norin 21 to C. tuberculata and C. oryzae infection was mainly expressed after penetration as a slow and restricted mycelial growth and no sporulation. C. tuberculata isolate 93-022 is the preferred isolate for further study as a biological control agent against Cyperus difformis, C. iria, and Fimbristylis miliacea.

Additional keywords: globe fingerush, mycoherbicides, rice flat sedge, small flower umbrella sedge

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