African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12269

Full Length Research Paper

Isolation and identification of bacterial glum blotch and leaf blight on wheat (Triticum aestivum L) in Iran

Mostafa Niknejad Kazempour1*, Maesomeh Kheyrgoo1, Hassan Pedramfar1and Heshmat Rahimian2
  1Department Plant Pathology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Guilan, Rasht – Iran. 2Department Plant Pathology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Mazanderan University, Sary – Iran.
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  •  Accepted: 27 March 2009
  •  Published: 17 May 2010



Basal glume blotch and leaf blight of wheat caused by Pseudomonas syringae pv.atrofaciens and P. syringae pv. syringae respectively are the bacterial diseases of wheat in Iran. The disease causes damage on wheat which leads to lots of yield and crop losses in the host plants. During the spring and summer of 2005-2006 different wheat fields in Guilan province (Roodsar, Langrud, Rostamabad, loshan, and Roodbar) were surveyed. Samples were collected from infected wheats with glumes blotch and leaf blight. Infected tissues were washed with sterile distilled water and crushed in peptone water. Then 50 µl of the extract were cultured on Kings B and NA media containing cyclohexamide (50 µg/ml). After 48 to 72 h, bacterial colonies were selected and purified. On the basis of morphological, physiological and biochemical characteristics, pathogenicity and PCR with specific primers, the isolated were placed in two groups. The first group consists of 20 isolates that caused leaf blight, identified as P. syringae pv. Syringae, while the second group is made up of 18 isolates that caused basal glumes blotch identified as P. syringae pv. atrofaciens. This is the first report of the existence of P. syringaepv. atrofaciens on wheat in Iran.


Key words: Pseudomonas syringae pv. atrofaciens. P. syringae pv. syringae, wheat, basal glumes blotch, leaf blight.