Antagonism of Pseudomonas cepacia against phytopathogenic fungi

Curr Microbiol. 1993 Jan;26(1):17-22. doi: 10.1007/BF01577237.


Two strains of Pseudomonas cepacia, RJ3 and ATCC 52796, have been identified as potential antagonists of fungal plant pathogens. We have compared the antagonistic activity of these two strains against various fungal pathogens. Although both strains displayed high levels of antagonism, ATCC 52796 was slightly more antagonistic than RJ3. The antagonist from RJ3 has been identified as the antifungal compound pyrrolnitrin after purification by HPLC and characterization by UV, IR, NMR, and mass spectroscopy. Both strains also antagonized the fungi by production of volatile compound(s), which have not yet been identified. Both strains are similar with respect to in vitro antagonism, mechanism of antagonism, and sensitivity to antibiotics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Antibiosis / physiology*
  • Antifungal Agents / isolation & purification*
  • Antifungal Agents / pharmacology
  • Burkholderia cepacia / physiology*
  • Fungi / drug effects*
  • Fungi / growth & development
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Pest Control, Biological*
  • Plants / microbiology
  • Pyrrolnitrin / isolation & purification
  • Pyrrolnitrin / pharmacology


  • Antifungal Agents
  • Pyrrolnitrin