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Protein and esterase patterns of endophytes and disease syndrome associated isolates of Melanconium spp. 1992. Shamoun, S.F.; Dorworth, C.E.; Sieber, T.N.; Sieber-Canavesi, F. Pages 37-46 in C. Dorworth and S.G. Glover, Editors. Biocontrol of Forest Weeds, Proceedings: Workshop held at the Western International Forest Disease Work Conference. August 9, 1991, Vernon, B.C. Forestry Canada, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC.

Year: 1992

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 3259

Language: English

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Esterase and non-SDS protein patterns of five disease-syndrome-associated (DSA) isolates and five isolates of symtomless endophytes (SE) of Melanconium apiocarpum as well as of 10 DSA Melanconium marginale isolates from red alder (Alnus rubra) were determined by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Isolates of M. marginale differed from those of M. apiocarpum in their non-SDS protein and esterase patterns, protein content, and yield of acetone powder. None of these methods used showed differences between SE and DSA isolates of M. apiocarpum. The use of esterase and non-SDS protein patterns as potential biochemical markers is proposed as a taxonomic tool to differentiate M. apiocarpum (SE and DSA) from M. marginale isolates. These findings imply that DSA and SE isolates of M. apiocarpum are similar if not identical. Future research should be directed toward manipulation of the endophytic fungi to promote them to the pathogenic phase so that they can function as biological control agents (mycoherbicides) for red alder.