Relationship of phenotypic and genetic variation in Plantago lanceolata to disease caused by Fusarium moniliforme var. subglutinans.
Naturally established individuals of Plantago lanceolata with the inflorescence disease caused by Fusarium moniliforme var. subglutinans had more inflorescences and were more likely to be male-sterile than healthy plants. Half-sib families planted in the field varied in the percentage of diseased plants, the number of inflorescences per plant, the incidence of male-sterility, and the pattern of inflorescence phenology. The rankings of families with respect to disease incidence was, however, not simply related to their reproductive phenotypes. Plants derived from field genotypes with a history of disease were slightly more likely to become diseased than plants derived from healthy genotypes. Inflorescence infection was more severe on plants derived from genotypes with a known history of disease. Since the fungus reduces seed production in the plants it infects, differential incidence of disease based on plant phenotype and genotype may have ecological and evolutionary consequences for the host population.
Alexander, HM; Antonovics, J; Rausher, MD
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