Inoculation of seven pine species or hybrid seedlings with Korean isolates of pinewood nematode under greenhouse conditions

Research paper by Kwan-Soo Woo, Do-Hyung Lee, Yeong-Bon Koo, Jin-Kie Yeo

Indexed on: 01 Jan '08Published on: 01 Jan '08Published in: Annals of Forest Science


• Seedlings of seven pine species or hybrids, Pinus densiflora, Pinus thunbergii, Pinus virginiana, Pinus echinata, Pinus koraiensis, Pinus thunbergii × Pinus massoniana and Pinus × rigitaeda, were inoculated in a greenhouse with 100, 1 000 and 10 000 pathogenic nematodes, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, to compare initial symptom development and to evaluate susceptibility to pinewood nematodes.• Genetic types were significantly different in the starting day of needle discoloration (χ2= 43.48; P < 0.001) and the period from nematode inoculation to seedling death (χ2 = 32.85; P > 0.001), but treatment groups were not statistically different in the days from inoculation to seedling death in any of the pine species.• There was no relationship between seedling mortality and the number of nematodes recovered from infected seedlings. Only eight of the nematode-inoculated seedlings remained alive by day 83 after inoculation, including four seedlings each of P. echinata and P. × rigitaeda grown from bulked seed collections.• Seedlings from the bulk lots were likely more genetically diverse than those from the single-source lots. A broader genetic representation of pine species or hybrids is suggested for screening for planting stocks resistant to B. xylophilus.