Impact of nitrogen fertilization on phytophthora cinnamomi root-related damage in juglans regia saplings

Javiera Morales, XIMENA ALEJANDRA BESOAIN CANALES, ITALO FABRIZZIO CUNEO ARRATIA, Alejandra Larach, Laureano Alvarado, ALEJANDRO ANTONIO CÁCERES MELLA, Sebastian Saa

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Excessive nitrogen (N) use in agriculture has been associated with increasedseverity of the damage caused by Phytophthora species. In this study, we investigated the impact in vitro and in vivo of N about Phytophthora cinnamomi. The preliminary in vitro assay showed the effect of different N sources on the mycelial growth of P. cinnamomi. This assay indicated that ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3) and ammonium sulfate [(NH4)2SO4] allowed for greater control of P. cinnamomi mycelia in comparison with calcium nitrate [Ca(NO3)2] and potassium nitrate (KNO3) when used with 1000 ppm N. The in vivo assay showed the severity of P. cinnamomi in 5-month-old Juglans regia saplings grown under greenhouse conditions. We selected NH4NH3 as the source for N for the greenhouse assay, considering the inhibitory effect on the ingrowth of P. cinnamomi and the intensive use of this fertilizer in agriculture.Walnut saplings were fertilized with 0, 35, 70, 140, 210, and 1050 ppm N and were inoculated with zoospores of P. cinnamomi 45 d after the application of nitrogen treatment (DAA). They were harvested at 90 DAA. We found that a 70-ppm N fertilization reduced the development of P. cinnamomi, resulting in lower root and canopy damage indices (DIs) than the unfertilized inoculated treatments and fertilized treatments greater than 140 ppm. The results of the in vitro and in vivo assay agree that increased N concentrations were associated with reduced mycelium growth of P. cinnamomi, providing further evidence that N fertilization can mitigate this disease. Greater root and canopy damage was observed in saplings fertilized with 1050 ppm N, regardless of whether they were inoculated with P. cinnamomi, as a result of N phytotoxicity (verified through foliar analysis). In contrast, inoculated and unfertilized saplings (N0) also showed high root and canopy DIs associated either with the inoculation with P. cinnamomi or the no fertilization treatment. We postulate that 70 ppm N is the best fertilization rate for J. regia saplings because the positive effects of N on growth are maximized and the damage caused by P. cinnamomi is mitigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2188-2194
Number of pages7
JournalHortScience
Volume54
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ammonium nitrate
  • Crown and root rot
  • English walnut saplings
  • Nitrogen fertilization
  • Phytophthora cinnamomi

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Impact of nitrogen fertilization on phytophthora cinnamomi root-related damage in juglans regia saplings'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this