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Enhancement of biocontrol efficacy against Botrytis cinerea through the manipulation of nitrogen fertilization of tomato plants

Abstract : Although nitrogen fertilization is known to affect plant susceptibility to certain pathogens, little is known on its possible effect on the efficacy of biological control. In the present study we examined the effect of five levels of NO3- nutrition on the efficacy of two biocontrol agents (Trichoderma harzianum and Microdochium dimerum) to protect pruning wounds of tomato against Botrytis cinerea. Plants were grown for two months in a greenhouse with a soil-less drip-irrigationsystem. Differential nitrogen nutrition was applied for the last four weeks prior to pruning, treatment of wounds with the biocontrol agents and inoculation with two strains of B.cinerea. They were then incubated in conditions conducive to disease development. Plant fertilization had a highly significant effect on disease development for both strains tested and it significantly influenced the efficacy of both biocontrol agents. High nitrogen fertilization generally decreased disease severity and also enhanced the efficacy biocontrol.
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Manzoor Ali Abro, François Lecompte, Marc Bardin, Magali Duffaud, Philippe Nicot. Enhancement of biocontrol efficacy against Botrytis cinerea through the manipulation of nitrogen fertilization of tomato plants. IOBC WPRS Bulletin, 2013, 86, pp.307-311. ⟨hal-02643393⟩

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