Responses of rust (Puccinia lagenophorae Cooke) to nutrient supply in groundsel (Senecio vulgaris L.) and effects of infection on host nutrient relations

Paul, Nigel and LAXMI, K A and AYRES, P G (1990) Responses of rust (Puccinia lagenophorae Cooke) to nutrient supply in groundsel (Senecio vulgaris L.) and effects of infection on host nutrient relations. New Phytologist, 115 (1). pp. 99-106. ISSN 0028-646X

Full text not available from this repository.


Senecio vulgaris (groundsel), healthy or inoculated with rust (Puccinia lagenophorae), was grown in a nutrient-poor sand-soil mixture amended with a compound fertiliser to provide a range of nutrient regimes. The greatest number of pustules per plant occurred on unamended soil but fertiliser addition increased the sporulating area of each pustule: the leaf area occupied by pustules was unaffected by nutrient supply. Since total leaf area increased with increasing nutrient supply, the percentage of total area that was infected declined. Plant and root dry weights increased with nutrient supply and decreased with rust infection. Infection also reduced root fresh weight and length, which were little changed by nutrient supply, but reduced leaf area only under the most nutrient-rich conditions. The ratios of root length: leaf area (R:L) and, especially, root:shoot dry weight (R:S) were reduced by infection. Root length per unit root weight was increased by infection when expressed on the basis of dry weight but not on the basis of fresh weight. Conversely, increasing nutrient supply decreased root length:weight only on the basis of fresh weight. The concentrations of P and K per unit dry weight were increased in rusted leaves but that of N was unchanged. Because infection increased the dry weight: fresh weight ratio (d. wt:f. wt) of leaves, concentrations of P and K on a fresh weight basis increased by up to 3-fold over those in controls and that of N was also substantially increased. On a dry weight basis, the concentration of N and K, but not P, increased in the roots of rusted plants. However, since d. wt:f. wt of roots was decreased in infected plants, the concentrations of N and K were unchanged on a fresh weight basis and that of P was significantly reduced. Rates of uptake of N, P and K were significantly increased in rusted plants both on the basis of root dry weight and root length. This was attributed to increased ‘shoot demand’ on each unit of root which, in turn, reflected the decreased R:S and R:L of infected plants.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
New Phytologist
Uncontrolled Keywords:
ID Code:
Deposited By:
Deposited On:
21 Nov 2011 13:31
Last Modified:
20 Sep 2023 00:17