Earthworms disseminate a soil-borne plant pathogen, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. raphani

@article{Toyota2004EarthwormsDA,
  title={Earthworms disseminate a soil-borne plant pathogen, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. raphani},
  author={Koki Toyota and Makoto Kimura},
  journal={Biology and Fertility of Soils},
  year={2004},
  volume={18},
  pages={32-36}
}
Radish plants infested with a soil-borne plant pathogen, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. raphani PEG-4, which is resistant to hygromycin B, were placed on the surface of a soil microcosm containing earthworms (Pheretima sp.). The earthworms ate the radish plants and scattered individual casts everywhere in the burrows. The fungal propagules were detected in the gut of the earthworms and in 26 out of 28 casts. These results suggested that the pathogen could survive passage through the alimentary canal… CONTINUE READING

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