Occurrence and molecular identification of azoxystrobin-resistant colletotrichum cereale isolates from golf course putting greens in the southern united states

Joseph R. Young, Maria Tomaso-Peterson, Lane P. Tredway, Karla De La Cerda

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Abstract

Turfgrass anthracnose, caused by Colletotrichum cereale (≡C. graminicola), has become a common disease of creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass putting greens throughout the southern United States. Strobilurin (QoI) fungicides such as azoxystrobin are single-site modeof- action fungicides applied to control C. cereale. In vitro bioassays with azoxystrobin at 0.031 and 8 μg/ml incorporated into agar were performed to evaluate the sensitivity of 175 isolates collected from symptomatic turfgrasses in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Three sensitivity levels were identified among C. cereale isolates. Resistant, intermediately resistant, and sensitive isolates were characterized by percent relative growth based on the controls with means of 81, 23, and 4%, respectively, on media containing azoxystrobin at 8 μg/ml. The molecular mechanism of resistance was determined by comparing amino acid sequences of the cytochrome b protein. Compared with sensitive isolates, C. cereale isolates exhibiting QoI resistance had a G143A substitution, whereas isolates expressing intermediate resistance had a F129L substitution. C. cereale isolates displaying azoxystrobin resistance in vitro were not controlled by QoI fungicides in a field evaluation. The dominance of QoI-resistant C. cereale isolates identified in this study indicates a shift to resistant populations on highly managed golf course putting greens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)751-757
Number of pages7
JournalPlant Disease
Volume94
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

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