The disease reactions of heirloom bell pepper “California Wonder” to Phytophthora capsici


Greenhouse studies were performed to determine the reactions of 10 “California Wonder” (Capsicum annuum) accessions to the three forms of Phytophthora blight (root rot, stem blight and foliar blight) caused by Phytophthora capsici. Differences in root rot, stem blight and foliar blight severities among accessions were significant. The accessions consistently differentiated into two groups across the three disease syndromes. Simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers showed variability both within and between accessions of California Wonder. The variability in the responses to the three forms of Phytophthora blight does not warrant its usefulness as a standard susceptible control in studies involving the Capsicum-P. capsici patho-system.

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Candole, B. , Conner, P. , McGregor, C. , Waters, V. and Ji, P. (2012) The disease reactions of heirloom bell pepper “California Wonder” to Phytophthora capsici. Agricultural Sciences, 3, 417-424. doi: 10.4236/as.2012.33049.

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