The viability of lytic bacteriophage ΦD5 in potato-associated environments and its effect on Dickeya solani in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) plants
Phage concentration was adjusted to 103 pfu ml-1 in sterile Ringer’s buffer. Ten ml of phage suspension was sprayed on the surface of each tuber. For control, instead of bacteriophage suspension, sterile Ringer’s buffer was used. Tuber samples were collected at T0 (0 days), T1 (7 days), T2 (14 days), T3 (21 days) and T4 (28 days) and assayed for phage presence.