Contents of the phytohormones a) ABA and b) JA in L er and Bur, mock-inoculated and inoculated, at different developmental stages. Light blue: Ler control, dark blue: Ler inoculated, pink: Bur control, red: Bur inoculated. I: early-flowering stage, II: mid-flowering stage, III: beginning of silique maturity. N = 8. Significance levels refer to differences of means between the ecotypes within one treatment (mock- and V. longisporum-inoculated, respectively) as determined by t-tests. Differences between mock- and V. longisporum-inoculated plants were significant except for ABA in Bur at stage III, JA in Ler at stages I and II and JA in Bur at stage II (p < 0.05, t-test).