The Aureobasidium pullulans L1 and L8 strains are known as efficient biocontrol agents against several postharvest fungal pathogens. In order to better understand the mechanism of action underneath the antifungal activity of L1 and L8 strains, yeast cell filtrates grown at different times were evaluated in vivo against Monilinia laxa on peach. Lesion diameters on peach fruit were reduced by L1 and L8 culture filtrates of 42.5% and 67% respectively. The ability of these filtrates to inhibit M. laxa conidia germination and germ tube elongation was studied by in vitro assays. The results showed a 70% reduction of conidia germination for both strains while for germ tube elongation, it was 52% and 41% for L1 and L8 culture filtrates respectively. Finally, the activity of cell wall hydrolytic enzymes such as chitinase and glucanase in cell filtrates was analysed and the expression of genes encoding these activities was quantified during yeast growth. From 24. h onward, both culture filtrates contained β,1-3,glucanase and. chitinase activities, the most pronounced of which was N-β-acetylglucosaminidase. Gene expression level encoding for these enzymes in L1 and L8 varied according to the strain. These results indicate that L1 and L8 strains culture filtrates retain the yeast antagonistic activity and suggest that the production of hydrolytic enzymes plays an important role in this activity.
Di Francesco, A., Roberti, R., Martini, C., Baraldi, E., & Mari, M. (2015). Activities of Aureobasidium pullulans cell filtrates against Monilinia laxa of peaches. Microbiological Research, 181, 61–67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.micres.2015.09.003