The biological activity of resveratrol, a stilbenic compound synthesized by grapevines in response to various stresses, was reevaluated against Botrytis cinerea using a novel in vitro system that enabled direct observation of the fungus with an inverted microscope. We determined that 90 μg resveratrol/ml reduced germination of B. cinerea conidia by ca. 50%. Moreover, resveratrol was shown to significantly reduce mycelial growth of B. cinerea at concentrations ranging from 60 to 140 μg/ml. Exposure to resveratrol at concentrations ranging from 60 to 140 μg/ml resulted in cytological changes in B. cinerea, such as production of secondary or tertiary germ tubes by conidia, cytoplasmic granulations, protoplasmic retractation in the hyphal tip cells, and formation of curved germ tubes. These data reinforce the role played by this compound in the B. cinerea-grapevine interaction.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Chemical Ecology|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Jan 1997|