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Title: Geographic and genetic variation in susceptibility of Butomus umbellatus to foliar fungal pathogens
Authors: Harms, Nathan E.
Shearer, Judy F. (Judy Fredrickson)
Cronin, James T.
Gaskin, John F.
Keywords: Biological control
Disease incidence
Enemy resistance
Fungal pathogens
Invasive species
Latitudinal variation
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous Paper (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/EL MP-21-7
Is Version Of: Harms, Nathan, Judy Shearer, James T. Cronin, and John F. Gaskin. "Geographic and genetic variation in susceptibility of Butomus umbellatus to foliar fungal pathogens." Biological Invasions 22, no. 2 (2020): 535-548.
Abstract: Large-scale patterns of plant invasions may reflect regional heterogeneity in biotic and abiotic factors and genetic variation within and between invading populations. Having information on how effects of biotic resistance vary spatially can be especially important when implementing biological control because introduced agents may have different Impacts through interactions with host-plant genotype, local environment, or other novel enemies. We conducted a series of field surveys and laboratory studies to determine whether there was evidence of biotic resistance, as foliar fungal pathogens, in two introduced genotypes (triploid G1, diploid G4) of the Eurasian wetland weed, Butomus umbellatus L. in the USA. We tested whether genotypes differed in disease attack and whether spatial patterns in disease incidence were related to geographic location or climate for either genotype. After accounting for location (latitude, climate), G1 plants had lower disease incidence than G4 plants in the field (38% vs. 70%) but similar pathogen richness. In contrast, bioassays revealed G1 plants consistently received a higher damage score and had larger leaf lesions regardless of pathogen. These results demonstrate that two widespread B. umbellatus genotypes exhibit different susceptibility to pathogens and effectiveness of pathogen biological controls may depend on local conditions.
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/EL MP-21-7
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