Removal of duvatrienediols from the surface of tobacco leaves increases their susceptibility to blue mold

Moshe Reuveni, Sadik Tuzun, James S. Cole, Malcolm R. Siegel, William C. Nesmith, Joseph Kuć

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Dipping leaf strips of greenhouse or field-grown tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L., cv. Ky-14) plants into acetone for 1 s, prior to inoculation with sporangia of Peronospora tabacina Adam, increased their susceptibility to blue mold. Disease severity and sporangial production on leaf discs from acetone-treated leaves were markedly increased compared to those on discs from untreated leaves. Treatment with acetone also decreased variation in susceptibility of leaves from plants of various ages. Disease severity on discs obtained from attached leaves which were dipped in acetone for 1 s was three times greater up to 15 days after dipping than on discs from leaves that were not dipped. TLC and GLC analyses of the acetone extracts indicated that 95% or more of the major cuticular diterpenoids, α- and β-4,8,13-duvatriene-1,3-diols (DVT), were removed from the surface by dipping for 1 s. These compounds had not reappeared on the leaf surface 15 days after leaves were dipped in acetone for 1 s. Aqueous suspensions of the acetone-soluble constituents as well as authentic DVT, inhibited sporangial germination of P. tabacina (ED100 = 25 ppm) and the antifungal activity was accounted for by DVT. When DVT was removed from a leaf surface and added back to the same leaf strip, the resistance of the leaf tissue was restored. As tobacco plants aged, their susceptibility to blue mold decreased and the quantity of DVT on the leaf surface increased. The data support a role for DVT in the resistance of tobacco against blue mold.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-451
Number of pages11
JournalPhysiological and Molecular Plant Pathology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1987
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the Burley Tobacco Council of Kentucky, CIBA-GEIGY Corporation, R . J . Reynolds Corporation and Cooperative Grant 58-7B30-3-540 of the United States Department of Agriculture . The authors thank R . S . Ferriss for assistance with the statistical analysis, Dr H . B . Burton for the use of GLC, and N . S . Doubrava for technical assistance .

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Plant Science


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