23 Jul '12, 6pm

Yissum Introduces Biocontrol Method for Protecting Plants from Pathogens Using Yeast from Strawberry Leaves @gbelements

The novel biocontrol agent was developed by Dr. Maggie Levy, from the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the Hebrew University. It is based on a species of the epiphytic yeast Pseudozyma that is isolated from strawberry leaves. Dr. Levy and her team showed that this yeast secretes substances which inhibit several fungal and bacterial pathogens. Application of the yeast spores significantly abolished growth of different fungal causal agents of plant diseases such as powdery mildews, the gray mold that has more than 400 different hosts, crown rust, the black spot disease of cultivated Brassicas and late wilt disease in corn. Pathogenic bacteria such as Clavibacter michiganensis , the causative agent of bacterial canker of tomato, were also inhibited by the yeast.

Full article: http://greenbuildingelements.com/2012/07/23/yissum-introd...

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