Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 7 Issue 4, 2005; Page No.(743-745 )

ANTIFUNGAL ACTIVITY OF SOME MEDICINAL PLANTS AGAINST TWO PHYTOPATHOGENIC FUNGI

A.D. KHARAT, A.R. DESHPANDE AND MOHD. MUSADDIQ

Abstract

Considering the present day need for developing ecofriendly herbal antifunagal agents, the present study was undertaken to evMuate the antifungal activity of some plant extracts against two phytopathogenic fungi. Acetone extracts of five medicinal plants viz., Catunaregum spinosa, Psoralea corylifolia, Woodfordia fructicosa, Solanum virginianum and Syzygium cumini were tested by poisoned food technique against the standard fungal cultures of Fusarium oxysoprzon and Alternaria alternata. Al! the plant extracts were found to be inhibitory for the growth of Fusarium oxysporum. The percent inhibition was maximum of Psoralea corylifolia (42%) followed by Catunaregum spinosa (33%). All the plant extracts except Syzygium cumini were found to be inhibitory for growth of Alternaria alternata. Percent inhibition was maximum with Catunaregum spinosa and Solanum virginianum extract (32.7%).

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