Evaluation of antifungal activity of allyl isothiocyanate against Rhizopus stolonifer

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Evaluation of antifungal activity of allyl isothiocyanate against Rhizopus stolonifer

Farborz Zare Nahandi, Saeedeh Alizadeh-Salteh
J. Bio. Env. Sci.7( 5), 50-58, November 2015.
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Antimicrobial volatile substances from plants have become known as a suitable alternative to synthetic fungicides and food preservatives.Because of health risks for mankind and environment of chemical fungicides, nowadaysthe use of biological alternatives is growing fast.In this study, the antifungal activity of purified Allyl isothiocyanate from cruciferous plants was evaluated againstRhizopus stolonifer isolated from peach. Conidia germination and mycelial growth of R. stoloniferwas tested at different concentrations. The results showed a significant antifungal activity of AITC and could inhibit spore germination and mycelium growth completely at 0.64 for mycelia (89.04%) and 0.24 microliter per plate for conidia germination (100%). It was concluded that the natural compound examined in the present study could be used as antifungal agents against food spoilage and mycotoxin producing fungi. Further studies on their effect on other important fungal species and also their anti-fungal activity are required.


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