African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5232

Full Length Research Paper

Systemic infestation of Serratia entomophila AB2 through plant tissue inferred protection against insect pest and fungal pathogens

Pritam Chattopadhyay and Sukanta K. Sen*
Department of Botany, School of Life Sciences, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan – 731 235, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 26 April 2013
  •  Published: 21 May 2013


Serratia entomophila, a Gram negative non spore forming bacteria, is commercially exploited as biocontrol agent of pasture pest, grass grub (Costelytra zealandica, Coleoptera) in New Zealand as soil inoculants. As an exception, the strain S. entomophilaAB2 used in this study is having insecticidal property against pod borer (Heliothisarmigera, Lepidoptera), a phyllospheric pest. Expermental results showed high rate of mortality when the pests were fed with shoot portion of ground nut developed from bacteria treated seeds. Antifungal property of S. entomophila AB2 was recorded when tested in vivo using different parts of plant developed from bacteria treated and untreated seeds. In the present study, the systemic infestation was understood by isolation and enumeration of the inoculant from different plant tissues in specific medium and an increment in number within the tissues was also observed. This is the first report of systemic spreading of S. entomophila in plant parts to provide protection against insect and fungal pests.


Key words: Systemic infestation, biocontrol, insect pest, plant pathogenic fungi, Serratia entomophila.