Relationship between stump treatment coverage using the biological control product PG suspension, and control of Heterobasidion annosum on Corsican pine, Pinus nigra ssp laricio

K. V. Tubby, D. Scott, J. F. Webber

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The relationship between the proportion of the stump surface covered by the biological stump treatment agent PG Suspension, containing Phlebiopsis gigantea and its efficacy against the pathogen Heterobasidion annosum sensu stricto was studied during a first thinning of Corsican pine (Pinus nigra ss oft laricio) in Thetford Forest, UK. PG Suspension was manually applied to 100%, 75%, 50% or 0% he surface of 150 stumps. Spores of H. annosum were inoculate onto 75 of the stumps, and the remaining stumps expose to natural airborne spore deposition. The relationship between coverage and efficacy was found to be quantitative. Covering all the stump surface with PG Suspension completely excluded the pathogen, whereas stumps not treated with PG Suspension (the 0% treatment) became infected with H. annosum. Partial (75%) PG Suspension coverage resulted in the pathogen colonizing 40% of stumps following artificial inoculation with H. annosum, and just 7% of stumps exposed to ambient H. annosum spore infection. Decreasing levels of coverage allowed increasing areas of the stump surface to be colonized by H. annosum. Some small gaps in coverage were closed by lateral growth of P. gigantea, but it is recommended that operators aim for full stump coverage to give complete projection against H. annosum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-46
Number of pages10
JournalForest Pathology
Issue number1
Early online date3 Jan 2008
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008


  • Norway Spruce stumps
  • phlebiopsis-gigantea
  • peniophora-gigantea
  • hyphal interference
  • Picea-Sitchensis
  • fomes annosus
  • root-rot
  • basidiospores
  • infection
  • forest

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