Influence of Meloidogyne incognita on the Content of Amino Acids and Nicotine in Tobacco Grown Under Gnotobiotic Conditions


  • S. B. Hanounik
  • W. W. Osborne


Seedlings of Meh;idogyne incognita-resistant (N.C. 95) and -susceptible (McNair 30) tobacco cultivars were grown aseptically for 55 days inside isolator chambers in autoclaved soil infested with 0 or 3,000 axenized eggs of M. im ognita per 500 cc of soil. Healthy and infected plants were compa red, Dry root weights of infected plants of resistant and susceptible cultivars were 16% and 84%, respectively, less than the controls. Sixteen amino acids, including those precursors for nicotine, and nicotine, increased significantly in infected roots of both cultivars. Increases in amino acids in infected roots ranged from 28% for valine to 103% for tyrosine in the resistant N.C. 95, and from 30% for leucine to 148% for tyrosine in lhe susceptible McNair 30. Nicotine content (dry weight basis) increased 42% and 62% in infected roots of resistant and susceptible cultivars, respectively. Nematode infection increased nicotine by 112% in leaves of N.C. 95, and decreased it by 56% in leaves of McNair 30. Root damage by M. incognita probably decreased nicotine movement into leaves of McNair 30. In N.C. 95, nicotine movement into leaves apparently was not adversel b affected due to lack of significant root damage. Key Words: root-knot nematode, Nicoliana tahacum.