The interaction between Plectosporium alismatis and sublethal doses of bensulfuron-methyl reduces the growth of starfruit (Damasonium minus) in rice

Farzad Jahromi, Ven,Remy Van De, Eric Cother, Gavin Ash

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Abstract

Plectosporium alismatis is a fungal pathogen that is being investigated as a biocontrol agent for suppressing starfruit (Damasonium minus), a significant weed of Australian rice fields. The aim of this research was to study the effect of the fungus on weed competition and its interactions with chemical herbicides. Conidial germination was significantly reduced by Londax® (bensulfuron-methyl), while MCPA had no effects. Glasshouse trials showed evidence of synergism between the fungus and 1.56% of the recommended dose of Londax®, in reducing the weed growth. The application of inoculum (conidia suspended in water) in the glasshouse eliminated weed competition with rice. In the field, the reduction in weed growth caused by the fungus did not significantly eliminate starfruit competition with rice. This is thought to be due to the presence of other weeds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929-940
Number of pages12
JournalBiocontrol Science and Technology
Volume16
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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