Jump to Main Content
Quantitative real-time PCR and high-resolution melting (HRM) analysis for strain-specific monitoring of fluorescent pseudomonads used as biocontrol agents against soil-borne pathogens of food crops
- Martini, Marta, Moruzzi, Serena, Ermacora, Paolo, Loi, Nazia, Firrao, Giuseppe
- Trends in food science & technology 2015 v.46 no.2 pp. 277-285
- Pseudomonas, biological control agents, food crops, food pathogens, fungicides, melting, metabolites, monitoring, plant pathogens, population dynamics, quantitative polymerase chain reaction, roots, soil-borne diseases
- Fluorescent pseudomonads colonizing roots of crop plants and producing antifungal metabolites are regarded as a reliable alternative to chemical fungicides against soil-borne phytopathogens. Key factors in successful pathogen control are presence and activity at the appropriate concentration, time, and place of biocontrol agents. Thus, quantification methods to monitor population dynamics are pivotal to the development of reliable application protocols. Real-time PCR is nowadays the most widespread culture-independent technique for the detection and enumeration of different target sequences. Here, its implementation with high resolution melting analysis as a powerful tool to accurately discriminate microbial inoculants is discussed.