Densidade populacional de Ralstonia solanacearum em cultivares de batata a campo

Ciência Rural 01/2004; DOI: 10.1590/S0103-84782004000100004
Source: DOAJ

ABSTRACT A ocorrência de populações latentes de Ralstonia solanacearum em plantas de batata (Solanum tuberosum) pode representar fonte de inóculo de potencial desconhecido. Além disso, também é desconhecido se a população latente da bactéria é menor em cultivares resistentes do que em cultivares suscetíveis. Com a finalidade de estudar estes aspectos, um experimento foi conduzido a campo em dois locais no Estado do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil. O objetivo foi verificar se havia relação entre a densidade populacional e o grau de resistência de cultivares de batata. O experimento foi conduzido em Eldorado do Sul, durante o período de primavera, e em Caxias do Sul, durante o período de outono. Tubérculos das cultivares Achat, Baronesa, Elvira, Macaca, Monte Bonito e Trapeira foram inoculados com uma estirpe de R. solanacearum, biovar II, e plantados a campo. A densidade populacional da bactéria foi estimada em plantas com e sem sintomas de murcha, através de ELISA e imunofluorescência. Não houve evidência da relação entre densidade populacional da bactéria e cultivar. Além disso, a densidade populacional na cultivar Achat, caracterizada como a mais resistente entre as cultivares testadas, foi igual à registrada nas outras cultivares.

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