Some effects of host nutrition on the susceptibility of plants to infection by certain viruses

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Bawden, F. C. and Kassanis, B. 1950. Some effects of host nutrition on the susceptibility of plants to infection by certain viruses. Annals of Applied Biology - AAB. 37 (1), pp. 46-57.

AuthorsBawden, F. C. and Kassanis, B.

Fertilizer treatments that greatly influenced the growth of tobacco and potato plants in pots had little effect on the number that became infected with potato virus Y when the plants were colonized by equal numbers of infective aphids, though the number was slightly decreased by nitrogen and increased by phosphorus. The number of local lesions produced on leaves of tobacco and Nicotiana glutinosa by tomato aucuba mosaic and tobacco mosaic viruses was increased by additions of both nitrogen and phosphorus, provided that these also increased growth. The predominant effect of both nutrients in increasing susceptibility was indirect by increasing plant size, but over certain critical ranges both elements also increased the numbers of lesions produced per unit leaf area. Conditions of maximum susceptibility approximated closely to those producing optimal growth, and susceptibility, whether measured by lesions per half-leaf or per unit area, was decreased by a deficiency or excess of either element. Sometimes the addition of nitrogen reduced susceptibility when still increasing plant growth.

Year of Publication1950
JournalAnnals of Applied Biology - AAB
Journal citation37 (1), pp. 46-57
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