Analyses of the community compositions of root rot pathogenic fungi in the soybean rhizosphere soil

Jiaqi Cui1, Yu Wang2, Jie Han1, and Baiyan Cai1*
Soybean (Glycine max [L.] Merr.) root rot is an important disease of soybean under continuous cropping, and root rot is widely distributed throughout the world. This disease is extremely harmful, and it is difficult to prevent and control. The study aimed to elucidate the composition of root rot pathogenic fungal communities in the continuous cropping of soybean. In this study, we employed PCR-DGGE technology to analyze the communities of root rot pathogenic fungi in soybean rhizosphere soil subjected to continuous cropping during a season with a high incidence of root rot in Heilongjiang province, China, the main soybean producing area in China. The results of 13 DGGE bands were analyzed by phylogenetic revealed that the predominant root rot pathogenic fungi in rhizosphere soil in the test area were Pythium ultimum and Fusarium species. The results of cluster analysis showed that the duration of continuous cropping, the soybean variety and the plant growth stage all had significant effects on the diversity of root rot pathogenic fungi in rhizosphere soil.
Keywords: Community composition, continuous cropping, Glycine max, PCR-DGGE, root rot disease.
1Heilongjiang University, College of Life Sciences, 150080, Harbin, China.*Corresponding author (caibaiyan@126.com).
2Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Plant Protection Institute, 150080, Harbin, China.