Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection (2012) 45, 475-486

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G. Sangeetha, A. Anandan and S. Usha Rani (2012)
Morphological and molecular characterisation of Lasiodiplodia theobromae from various banana cultivars causing crown rot disease in fruits
Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection 45 (4), 475-486
Abstract: Twelve isolates of Lasiodiplodia theobromae were collected from 12 different commercial banana cultivars belonging to various banana growing regions of Tamil Nadu, India. The results revealed that most of the L. theobromae isolates exhibited significant differences in morphology, colour and spore size. However, all 12 isolates took 3-4 days invariably to cover the 90 mm Petri plates. Among the 12 isolates, the isolates LT3a from Robusta and LT10c from dwarf Cavendish produced abundant pycnidia. These isolates were also analysed through Random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers for genetic diversity. Polymerase chain reaction amplification of total genomic DNA of the 12 isolates of L. theobromae with 14 random primers generated numerous polymorphisms among the isolates, while many of the intense bands were shared among majority of the isolates. Cluster analysis also indicated a high degree of genetic variability within L. theobromae isolates from different banana cultivars. The 12 isolates were separated into three clusters namely A, B and C. The maximum similarity index of 80% was recorded between the isolates LT7d from Karpuravalli and LT10c from dwarf Cavendish. The least similarity index of 29.41% was recorded with the isolates LT1f isolated from Poovan and LT5a isolated from Virupakshi. Within the species of L. theobromae the genetic variability was high and it underlines and validates existence of significant intra-specific diversity in isolates of L. theobromae infecting different banana cultivars.
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Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
general biology - morphology - evolution
molecular biology - genes

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Lasiodiplodia theobromae Banana/plantain (Musa) India