Antifungal properties of indigenous phytoextracts against Fusarium spp. causing root rot in mulberry (Morus spp.)

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Antifungal properties of indigenous phytoextracts against Fusarium spp. causing root rot in mulberry (Morus spp.)

Angelina T. Gonzales
J. Bio. Env. Sci.12( 2), 204-210, February 2018.
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This study aimed to evaluate the antifungal properties of selected indigenous plant species as potential alternative strategy to manage root rot in mulberry (Morus spp). Bioassays of 12 phytoextracts indicated varying fungicidal activity. The in vitro experiment suggests that Bangbangsit (Lantana camara L.), Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa (L.) Pers.), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus Labill.), Hagonoy (Chromolaena odorata (L.) R.M.King & H.Rob.), and Neem (Azadirachta indica A.Juss) have fungicidal properties that inhibited the growth of Fusarium spp in vitro. Greenhouse trials showed that, bangbangsit (Lantana camara Linn) extract was superior over banaba, eucalyptus, neem and hagonoy extracts in reducing root rot infection at 30 and 60 days after planting (DAP), respectively. These plants could be utilized to access their effectiveness in field condition. It will help in the formulation of ecofriendly control measures, which is cheap and can be recommended for the sericulture farmers against the root rot disease in mulberry.


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