Article on accelerating germination by fungal infection

Accelerating strawberry seed germination by fungal infection [Ulocladium charatarum].

Guttridge, C. G.; Woodley, S. E.; Hunter, T. Ann-Bot v.54(2): p.223-230. ill. (1984 Aug.)

Does anyone have access to this article? For whatever its worth, strawberries are members of the rose family (Rosaceae).

Authors: GUTTRIDGE C G; WOODLEY S E; HUNTER T

Authors’ Address: LONG ASHTON RES. STN., UNIV. BRISTOL, LONG ASHTON, BRISTOL BS18 9AF.

Title: ACCELERATING STRAWBERRY FRAGARIA-ANANASSA SEED GERMINATION BY FUNGAL INFECTION

Published in: Annals of Botany (London), volumn 54, pages 223-230,(1984).

Abstract: Accelerating strawberry [Fragaria ananassa] seed germination by fungal infection. Germination of strawberry seed was accelerated by natural and artificial infections of Ulocladium chartarum and other fungi, including the Arthrinium state of Apiospora montagnei and a Cladosporium sp. Germination was variously promoted by fungi both in light and darkness, on damp filter paper, water and malt agar plates and on horticultural compost. Germinated seedlings were apparently undamaged by these infections, although when cultured on malt agar the seedlings were overgrown by the fungus. Several other fungi promoted germination, but 3 [Fusarium sp., Cephalosporium sp. and an unidentified fungus] of them later killed the seedlings. Germination of seed of all 3 cultivars that were tested was promoted by fungal infection which probably promoted germination by hastening breakdown of the seed coat."

Thanks! Here’s a site in Germany that sells cultures of Ulocladium chartarum - haven’t found one in the U.S. yet…

Link: www.dsmz.de/strains/no063070.htm