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Research Project: Biology and Biological Control of Root Diseases of Wheat, Barley and Biofuel Brassicas

Location: Wheat Health, Genetics, and Quality Research

Title: Screening of pea genotypes for resistance to root rot caused by Rhizoctonia solani AG 8, 2012.

item Paulitz, Timothy
item Porter, Lyndon

Submitted to: Plant Disease Management Reports
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/8/2016
Publication Date: 9/5/2016
Citation: Sharma-Poudyal, D., Paulitz, T.C., Porter, L., Du Toit, L. 2016. Screening of pea genotypes for resistance to root rot caused by Rhizoctonia solani AG 8, 2012.. Plant Disease Management Reports. 10:FC184.

Interpretive Summary: Varieties and accessions of peas were screened in the greenhouse for resistance to the pathogen Rhizoctonia solani AG-8. No resistant lines were detected, although there was some variability in plant responses to the pathogen. However, variation in testing is still a problem.

Technical Abstract: Rhizoctonia solani AG 8 is one of the major pathogens that causes pea root rot and stunting in the Columbia Basin of Oregon and Washington. The disease is most severe in fields where wheat has been mono-cropped for a number of years or where cereal cover crops are incorporated just before pea seeding. Root rot leads to development of stunted plants in patches, which can range from <1 m to >10 m in diameter and may encompass up to 10% of the crop. Pea stunting may cause as much as 75% yield loss in the patches. A total of 81 pea genotypes comprising 78 Pisum sativum, 2 P. sativum subsp. sativum (PI116056 and PI505122), and 1 P. sativum var. arvense (PI268480) line were screened for resistance to R. solani AG 8 by planting the seed in soil infested with isolate Rh070943 in a growth chamber. Pea genotypes were divided into two sets to accommodate the size of the trial. Seeds of each line were disinfested with 0.6% NaOCl in sterilized, distilled water (SDW) with agitation for 2 to 3 min, followed by rinsing three times in SDW. After air drying the seeds overnight at ambient temperature, seeds of each line were planted in plastic cone-tainers (4 cm diameter and 21 cm long, Stuewe and Sons, Inc., Tangent, OR), each filled with 150 g of pasteurized sandy loam soil mixed with ground inoculum of R. solani AG 8-colonized oat seed (1% w/w ground inoculum added to the soil). Water (50 ml) was poured over the soil in each cone-tainer just before seeding. A seed was then planted in each cone-tainer and covered with a thin layer of pasteurized soil. Seeds of each line were planted similarly into pasteurized soil in cone-tainers without R. solani AG 8 to serve as the non-inoculated control treatment. Each genotype-by-inoculum treatment (81 x 2 factorial treatment combination) was replicated five times, with treatments arranged in a randomized complete block design. The plastic trays holding the cone-tainers were covered with Kraft paper to reduce evaporation, until pea emergence 4 days after planting. Plants were irrigated with 25 ml of water and 25 ml of 1/3-strength Hoagland’s solution (with macroelements only) every 3 to 4 days until harvest. Seedlings were removed from the cone-tainers 28 days after planting, and the roots rinsed carefully. Plant height and root rot severity were assessed (root rot ratings of 1 to 9, where: 1 = no lesions; 3 = discrete, light- or dark-brown, superficial, necrotic lesions; 5 = adventitious root or taproot necrotic and decayed; 7 = extensive root rot; and 9 = plant dead). The experiment was repeated. The mean plant height and mean root rot of each genotype in infested soil vs. non-infested soil were compared using Student’s t-test (P <0.05). R. solani AG 8 did not cause a significant difference in plant height of 28 of the 81 pea genotypes evaluated in both experiments compared to plants of the same genotype growing in non-infested soil, i.e., the following 28 genotypes or cultivars appeared to have some resistance to the pathogen: 90-2079, Bohatur, CDC Striker, Franklin, Marjoret, Marquee, Monarch, PI102888, PI116056, PI163125, PI164612, PI175226, PI180693, PI180695, PI184128, PI197450, PI198735, PI204306, PI219705, PI223527, PI226561, PI226564, PI244121, PI251051, PI272194, PI505122, and Puget. In contrast, R. solani AG 8 consistently reduced the plant height of 15 genotypes in both trials. Plant height did not differ significantly for Dark Skin Perfection in the first trial but seed of this cultivar did not germinate in the second trial. Inconsistent results between the two trials were observed for plant height of 38 genotypes. In the first trial, Franklin and PI226564 did not have a significant reduction in plant height when growing in infested soil compared to non-infested soil; whereas the height of Franklin, PI116056, and PI505122 plants were not affected by the pathogen in the second experiment. The