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The dilution of phosphite in rapidly growing plants and how soil and plant phosphate levels interact with phosphite and its ability to induce host-resistant responses when challenged by Phytophthora cinnamomi

Auckland, C., Shearer, B.L. and Hardy, G.E.St.J. (2003) The dilution of phosphite in rapidly growing plants and how soil and plant phosphate levels interact with phosphite and its ability to induce host-resistant responses when challenged by Phytophthora cinnamomi. In: Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems: 2nd International IUFRO Working Party 7.02.09 Meeting, 30 September - 5 October, 2001, Albany, Western Australia.

Abstract

The soil borne plant pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi has irreversibly altered the make-up and diversity of the plant communities found in Australia. Recently, the fungicide phosphite has been used to effectively reduce the impact of this pathogen in natural plant communities. However, little is known (a) about how rapidly phosphite is diluted in the tissues of rapidly growing plants and (b) how soil and plant phosphate levels interact with phosphite and its ability to induce host-resistant responses when challenged by P. cinnamomi. This study examines the effects of phosphite dilution in different size classes of Banksia grandis and B. hookeriana. It also examines the effects of different soil phosphate levels on in planta phosphite and phosphate status in B. hookeriana, and its subsequent control of P. cinnamomi, and in the glasshouse and Eucalyptus marginata forest of Western Australia.

Publication Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Phytophthora Science and Management
School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Notes: In: JA McComb, GE StJ Hardy and IC Tommerup (eds), 'Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems'. 2nd International IUFRO Working Party 7.02.09 Meeting, Albany, W. Australia 30th Sept - 5th Oct 2001
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/11222
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