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Isolation and identification of substances produced by citrus plants involved in the stimulation and/or dormancy breaking of quiescent structures of Colletorichum acutatum, causal agent of citrus postbloom fruit drop

Grant number: 09/13568-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2010
Effective date (End): February 29, 2012
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy
Principal Investigator:Sérgio Florentino Pascholati
Grantee:Simone Cristiane Brand
Home Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The project is part of the thematic project "Epidemiology and management of citrus post bloom fruit drop in expansion areas of citrus in São Paulo State", under the coordination of Prof. Lilian Amorim - Esalq/USP. The studies will be carried out having as goal the isolation and identification of substances produced by citrus plants that could be involved in the stimulation and/or dormancy breaking of quiescent structures of Colletorichum acutatum, the causal agent of the citrus post bloom fruit drop. Some authors already showed that the pathogen can survive as conidia or apressoria adhered to the leaf surface or as quiescent infection and that the inocula represented by these quiescent structures can be stimulated in the presence of flower extracts. Basically, nothing is known about the substances present in the extracts and which specific substance would act braking the dormancy of the fungal structures. Thus, the goal is the isolation and identification of substances produced by citrus plants that could be involved in the stimulation and/or dormancy breaking of these quiescent structures, which results could help the better understanding of the interaction as well as contribute for the control of the disease.

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