Phage-Mediated Biocontrol of Plant Pathogens (2001 to “current”)

Stephen T. Abedon

Department of Microbiology – The Ohio State University – –


I gave the opening talk at the 2nd International Symposium, “New Stages of Phage Biocontrol of Plant Diseases”, held September 18, 2014, at Hiroshima University, Japan. Though my talk was at best peripheral to the emphasis of the symposium, i.e., watch here, I did strive to get into the spirit of things by tracking down references to phage-mediated biocontrol of plant pathogens. Clearly I did not succeed in finding every last one of these references, but nevertheless I probably IDed the ones that “everybody” in the field knows about, and maybe perhaps then some. I’ve sorted these by year plus have indicated the target pathogen as well as the disease that is caused by that pathogen. Where possible I’ve provided a link to the article, though note that I’m providing no promises regarding your potential to find all of these articles online for free! Shown only are experimental articles, and note that I have not confirmed the validity of many of these. So if you know better, or can otherwise help by adding to this list, please let me know!

Here are those papers published in the Twenty-First Century (2001 and newer) up to at least the date of my talk:

Xanthomonas oryzae – Bacterial leaf blight of rice – Chae, J. C., N. B. Hung, S. M. Yu, H. K. Lee, and Y. H. Lee. 2014. Diversity of bacteriophages infecting Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae in paddy fields and its potential to control bacterial leaf blight of rice. J. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 24:740-747. [PubMed]

Pantoea ananatis – Bacteria palea browning of riceAzegami, K. 2004. [Experiments to develop control measures for bacterial plant diseases using phages] (in Japanese). Nogyo oyobi Engei (Agric. Hort. ) 79:1261-1266.

Pectobacterium carotovorum (formerly Erwinia carotovorum)Soft rot of lettuce – Lim, J. A., S. Jee, D. H. Lee, E. Roh, K. Jung, C. Oh, and S. Heu. 2013. Biocontrol of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. carotovorum using bacteriophage PP1. J. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 23:1147-1153. [PubMed]

‘Dickeya solani’Soft rot of potatoAdriaenssens, E. M., V. J. Van, D. Vandenheuvel, V. Dunon, P. J. Ceyssens, P. M. De, A. M. Kropinski, J. P. Noben, M. Maes, and R. Lavigne. 2012. T4-related bacteriophage LIMEstone isolates for the control of soft rot on potato caused by ‘Dickeya solani’. PLoS One 7:e33227. [PubMed]

Ralstonia solanacearum – Bacterial wilt of tomatoBae, J. Y., J. Wu, H. J. Lee, E. J. Jo, S. Murugaiyan, E. Chung, and S. W. Lee. 2012. Biocontrol potential of a lytic bacteriophage PE204 against bacterial wilt of tomato. J. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 22:1613-1620. [PubMed]

Ralstonia solanacearum – Bacterial wilt of tomato – Iriarte, F. B., A. Obradovic, M. H. Wernsing, L. E. Jackson, B. Balogh, J. A. Hong, M. T. Momol, J. B. Jones, and G. E. Vallad. 2012. Soil-based systemic delivery and phyllosphere in vivo propagation of bacteriophages: Two possible strategies for improving bacteriophage persistence for plant disease control. Bacteriophage 2:215-224. [PubMed]

Xanthomonas perforans – Bacterial spot(?) of tomato – ditto [PubMed]

Xanthomonas euvesicatoria – Bacterial spot(?) of tomato – ditto [PubMed]

Erwinia amylovora – Fire blight of apple (and pears) – Boulé, J., P. L. Sholberg, S. M. Lehman, D. T. O’gorman, and A. M. Svircev. 2011. Isolation and characterization of eight bacteriophages infecting Erwinia amylovora and their potential as biological control agents in British Columbia, Canada. Can. J. Plant Pathol. 33:308-317. [publisher]

Ralstonia solanacearum – Bacterial wilt of tomato – Fujiwara, A., M. Fujisawa, R. Hamasaki, T. Kawasaki, M. Fujie, and T. Yamada. 2011. Biocontrol of Ralstonia solanacearum by treatment with lytic bacteriophages. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77:4155-4162. [PubMed]

Xanthomonas axonopodis – Citrus canker and bacterial spot – Balogh, B., B. I. Canteros, R. E. Stall, and J. B. Jones. 2008. Control of citrus canker and citrus bacterial spot with bacteriophages. Plant Dis. 92:1048-1052. [publisher]

Xanthomonas campestris – Bacterial spot of tomato – Iriarte, F. B., B. Balogh, M. T. Momol, L. M. Smith, M. Wilson, and J. B. Jones. 2007. Factors affecting survival of bacteriophage on tomato leaf surfaces. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 73:1704-1711. [PubMed]

Xanthomonas axonopodis – Leaf blight of onion – Lang, J. M., D. H. Gent, and H. F. Schwartz. 2007. Management of Xanthomonas leaf blight of onion with bacteriophages and a plant activator. Plant Dis. 91:871-878. [publisher]

Erwinia carotovora – Soft rot of calla lily – Ravensdale, M., T. J. Blom, J. A. Gracia-Garza, A. M. Svircev, and R. J. Smith. 2007. Bacteriophages and the control of Erwinia carotovora subsp carotovora. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology-Revue Canadienne De Phytopathologie 29:121-130. [publisher]

Xanthomonas campestris – Bacterial spot of tomato – Obradovic, A., J. B. Jones, M. T. Momel, S. M. Olson, L. E. Jackson, B. Balogh, K. Guven, and F. B. Iriarte. 2005. Integration of biological control agents and systemic acquired resistance inducers against bacterial spot on tomato. Plant Dis. 89:712-716. [publisher]

Erwinia amylovora – Fire blight of pear – Svircev, A. M., S. M. Lehman, W. S. Kim, E. Barszcz, K. E. Schneider, and A. J. Castle. 2005. Control of the fire blight pathogen with bacteriophages, p. 259-261. In W. Zeller and C. Ullrich (ed.), Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Biological Control of Bacterial Plant Diseases. Die Deutsche Bibliothek – CIP-Einheitsaufnahme, Berlin, Germany.

Xanthomonas campestris – [don’t know what disease] – Azegami, K. 2004. [Experiments to develop control measures for bacterial plant diseases using phages] (in Japanese). Nogyo oyobi Engei (Agric. Hort. ) 79:1261-1266.

Xanthomonas campestris – Bacterial spot of tomato – Obradovic, A., J. B. Jones, M. T. Momol, B. Balogh, and S. M. Olson. 2004. Management of tomato bacterial spot in the field by foliar applications of bacteriophages and SAR inducers. Plant Dis. 88:736-740. [publisher]

Xanthomonas campestris – Bacterial spot of tomato – Balogh, B., J. B. Jones, M. T. Momol, S. M. Olson, A. Obradovic, and L. E. Jackson. 2003. Improved efficacy of newly formulated bacteriophages for management of bacterial spot on tomato. Plant Dis. 87:949-954. [publisher]

Xanthomonas campestris – Bacterial blight of geranium – Flaherty, J. E., B. K. Harbaugh, J. B. Jones, G. C. Somodi, and L. E. Jackson. 2001. H-mutant bacteriophages as a potential biocontrol of bacterial blight of geranium. Hortscience 36:98-100. [publisher]

Streptomyces scabies – Scab(?) of potato – McKenna, F., K. A. El-Tarabily, G. E. S. T. Hardy, and B. Dell. 2001. Novel in vivo use of a polyvalent Streptomyces phage to disinfest Streptomyces scabies-infected seed potatoes. Plant Pathol. 50:666-675. [google]


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