Penicillium citrinum VFI-51 as biocontrol agent to control charcoal rot of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench)

Sreevidya, M and Gopalakrishnan, S (2016) Penicillium citrinum VFI-51 as biocontrol agent to control charcoal rot of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench). African Journal of Microbiology Research, 10 (19). pp. 669-674. ISSN 1996-0808

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In our earlier investigation, a fungal isolate Penicillium citrinum VFI-51 and its secondary metabolite was reported to have antagonistic potential against Botrytis cinerea, the causative agent of Botrytis gray mold disease in chickpea. In the present investigation, P. citrinum VFI-51 was further evaluated for its antagonistic potential against Macrophomina phaseolina, the causative agent of charcoal rot in sorghum. P. citrinum VFI-51 inhibited M. phaseolina in both dual culture as well as secondary metabolite production assays. In the in vivo blotter paper assay, under light chamber conditions, P. citrinum VFI-51 controlled 85% of the charcoal rot disease on the roots when compared to the positive control. Under greenhouse conditions, when M. phaseolina was inoculated by tooth pick method in to the stalk of sorghum plant, the charcoal rot disease was controlled by 75% in P. citrinum VFI-51 treatment over the positive control. This study demonstrates the biocontrol potential of P. citrinum VFI-51 against charcoal rot of sorghum.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: RP-Grain Legumes
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Macrophomina phaseolina, charcoal rot, sorghum, Penicillium citrinum VFI-51, biocontrol
Subjects: Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 31 May 2016 06:22
Last Modified: 31 May 2016 06:22
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Acknowledgement: The authors would like to thank Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi, India, for the financial support for M. Sreevidya during her research work for PhD. This work was undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes. ICRISAT is a member of CGIAR Consortium. They also extend their thanks to the staff members of biocontrol unit, including G Alekhya, PVS Prasad, V Srinivas, P Manohar, B Nagappa, D Bharath and A Jabbar for their inputs in the laboratory and field experiments.
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