Advisor

Ma, Din-Pow

Committee Member

Lu, Shien

Committee Member

Li, Jiaxu

Date of Degree

1-1-2015

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Biochemistry

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology

Abstract

The emergence and spread of Verticillium wilt were observed in cotton plants at the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center at Mississippi State during the late summer in 2013 and 2014. Several fungi with different morphology and growth characteristics were isolated from diseased cotton plants. Genomic DNA was extracted from the isolated fungal species and used in molecular typing via PCR amplification and DNA sequencing analysis of the ribosomal internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region. A total of five fungal genera were identified, and Verticillium sp. was the most frequently isolated genus. The isolated Verticillium strains could be Verticillium dahliae, Verticillium longisporum or even Verticillium albo-atrum. A PCR-based genotyping method using VTA2 (Verticillium transcription activator) gene specific primers confirmed that the isolated Verticillium strain was Verticillium dahliae, and it caused Verticillium wilt in Mississippi cotton plants. Pathogenicity tests (Koch’s postulates) confirmed the earlier qualitative identifications of Verticillium dahliae in the greenhouse.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/19483

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