Red-light treatment induces resistance in bell pepper to Phytophthora capsici

M. Babadoost, S. Z. Islam

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This study was conducted to investigate the effects of red-light treatment on inducing resistance in bell pepper to Phytophthora capsici. Seeds of bell pepper (Capsicum annuum, ‘Hybrid SPP 6112’) were sown in 10-cm-diameter plastic pots containing steamed soil mix and were grown on a greenhouse bench under red light irradiation (600-700 nm) from fluorescent tubes. The fluorescent tubes provided red light with an intensity of 287 µW cm-2, which was a supplement to natural daylight. Control seedlings were kept under white light (WL) or under natural daylight (NDL) in the same greenhouse. Three- and four-week-old seedlings were inoculated with a zoospore suspension of P. capsici (20×104 zoospores mL-1 water). Plants were evaluated for damping-off symptoms every day for 15 days after inoculation. Red-light treatment of seedlings reduced Phytophthora damping-off by up to 73%. Red-light treatment for four weeks was significantly more effective than red-light treatment for three-week in reducing Phytophthora damping-off.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-92
Number of pages4
JournalActa Horticulturae
StatePublished - Apr 2022


  • Phytophthora blight
  • Phytophthora capsici
  • damping-off
  • pepper
  • red light

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture


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