Title: A fungal symbiont of plant-roots controls mycotoxin production in a virulent fungal pathogen on potato
Authors: Ismail Y, Mccormick SP, Hijri M
Journal: FEMS Microbiol Lett
Accepted date: 2013 Aug 19
Interpretive summary: In this research, we determined that a mycorrhizal fungus, Glomus irregulare, can limit the production of a trichothecene mycotoxin by Fusarium sambucinum-infected potato tubers. Mycorrhizal fungi form symbioses with plant roots that improve mineral uptake and protect the plants from soil-borne pathogens. F. sambucinum is the major cause worldwide of dry rot of potato tubers both in the field and in storage. The present research found that G. irregulare limited toxin accumulation in the roots and tubers of F. sambucinum-infected plants. This research shows the potential of using mycorrhizal fungi to reduce mycotoxin contamination of potato crops.
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