Chin J Plan Ecolo ›› 2016, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (9): 925-932.doi: 10.17521/cjpe.2015.0417

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Effect of different species of endophytes on fungal disease resistance of Achnatherum sibiricum

Yi NIU, Yuan GAO, Ge-Ping LI, An-Zhi REN*(), Yu-Bao GAO   

  1. College of Life Sciences, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China
  • Received:2015-11-22 Accepted:2016-04-22 Online:2016-09-29 Published:2016-09-10
  • Contact: An-Zhi REN


AimsAchnatherum sibiricum, a native grass species, is widely distributed in the steppe of Nei Mongol, China. In this study, three endophytic fungi, i.e., Neotyphodium sibiricum, N. gansuensis and Epichloë gansuensis, were isolated from A. sibiricum and examined the effect of the endophytes on the resistance of A. sibiricum to fungal disease.
Methods Three fungi: Curvularia lunata, Bipolaris sorokiniana and Cladosporium sp. were chosen as the target pathogens. Three experiments were carried out to evaluate the effects of endophytic inoculation of A. sibiricum on its pathogen resistance: 1) endophye in vitro, 2) inoculated detached leaves and 3) intact plants. They were infected with the three pathogens above mentioned, separately. Seven days later, inhibition rates, the number of lesions, lesion length and concentration of spores were measured.
Important findings The results showed that all endophytes significantly reduced the growth of pathogens fungi in vitro, and N. sibiricums had the strongest effect: its bacteriostasis rate to Curvularia lunata, B. sorokiniana and Cladosporium sp. were 47.8%, 40.1% and 39.4%, respectively. Culture filtration of three endophytes also effectively reduced pathogen spore germination, in which N. gansuensis showed the strongest impact. The germination rates of Curvularia lunata, B. sorokiniana and Cladosporium sp. were only 9.8%, 8.7% and 8.5%, respectively. Neotyphodium sibiricum and N. gansuensis could reduce lesion number and spore concentration of detached host leaves after the pathogens inoculation. Epichloë gansuensis reduced lesion number of detached leaves after inoculation with Curvularia lunata and Cladosporium sp., and decreased spore concentration of the pathogens fungi of Cladosporium sp. In the intact leaves, three endophytes reduced lesion number, lesion length and spore concentration as well after inoculation of the pathogens with those infected with N. sibiricum showing the strongest resistance, while with Epichloë gansuensis, the weakest resistance.

Key words: fungal pathogen, endophyte, Achnatherum sibiricum, pathogens-fungi resistance

Table 1

Two-way ANOVA for pathogens fungi resistance of different morphotypes of endophytes"

Inhibition rate (%)
Average spore germination rate (%)
F p F p
E 131.323 0.000 643.791 0.000
P 0.837 0.441 12.453 0.000
E × P 14.210 0.010 5.788 0.000

Fig. 1

Mean inhibition rate of different morphotypes of endophytes on three species of pathogens fungi (mean ± SE). Different small letters indicate significant difference (p < 0.05). Eg, Epichloë gansuensis; Ng, Neotyphodium gansuensis; Ns, Neotyphodium sibiricum. "

Fig. 2

Effect of culture filtrate on germination rate of the pathogenic fungi spores (mean ± SE). CK, control; Eg, Epi- chloë gansuensis; Ng, Neotyphodium gansuensis; Ns, Neotyphodium sibiricum. Different small letters indicate significant difference (p < 0.05)."

Fig. 3

Influence of culture filtrate of Neotyphodium gansuensis on spore germination of Bipolaris sorokiniana. Bipolaris sorokiniana spore germination is inhibited in the left picture, germination rate is low."

Table 2

Two-way ANOVA for three resistances of pathogenic fungi of intact plants infected different endophyte"

离体实验 Detached experiment 在体实验 Intact experiment
Mean number of
Mean length of
Spore concentration of
pathogens fungi
Mean number of
Mean length of
Spore concentration of
pathogens fungi
E 8.94 0.000 6.65 0.001 107.20 0.000 11.25 0.000 5.14 0.011 17.90 0.000
P 109.50 0.000 485.30 0.000 677.50 0.000 20.90 0.000 37.57 0.000 66.43 0.000
E × P 3.21 0.010 4.05 0.002 17.32 0.000 9.25 0.000 14.70 0.000 4.28 0.000

Fig. 4

Mean number and length of lesions and spore concentration on detached leaves of Achnatherum sibiricum after inoculation with pathogens-fungi (mean ± SE). Different small letters indicate significant difference (p < 0.05). CK, control; Eg, Epichloë gansuensis; Ng, Neotyphodium gansuensis; Ns, Neotyphodium sibiricum."

Fig. 5

Mean number and length of lesions and spore concentra- tion on intact leaves of A. sibiricum after inoculation with pathogens-fungi (mean ± SE). Different small letters indicate significant difference (p < 0.05). CK, control; Eg, Epichloë gansuensis; Ng, Neotyphodium gansuensis; Ns, Neotyphodium sibiricum."

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