Suppression of Botrytis cinerea causing the grey mould disease of grape-vine by an aggressive mycoparasite, Pythium radiosum

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  • Bernard Paul

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    1. Laboratoire des Sciences de la Vigne, Institut Jules Guyot, Université de Bourgogne, P.O. Box 138, 21004 Dijon, France
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Abstract

Pythium radiosum Paul has been found to be an aggressive mycoparasite of Botrytis cinerea which causes grey mould disease on the grape-vine. The mycoparasitic fungus enters the host mycelium, coagulates its protoplasm, empties its contents and finally comes out producing numerous ramifications and sexual structures. When the infected mycelium of B. cinerea is applied to the leaves of the grape-vine, the characteristic grey mould symptoms fail to appear. Since P. radiosum causes no harm to the grape-vine, it can be used as a biological control agent against B. cinerea. A brief account of the mycoparasite and its antagonism towards B. cinerea is discussed here.

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