Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 15, Issue 2, 2013; Page No.(249-253)

EVALUATION OF ANTIFUNGAL PROPERTY OF PSEUDOMONAS FLUORESCENS AS A BIOPESTICIDE AGAINST PHYTOPATHOGENIC FUNGI

C.J. CHANDEKAR AND S. BHAJE

Abstract

Biopesticides include naturally occurring substances that control pests and are considered eco-friendly and easy to use. In present study, the antifungal activity of Pseudomonas fluorescens was assessed. Pseudomonas fluorescens was cultivated using banana peel out, watermelon skin or agro-waste showed that the strain was capable of meeting its components required for growth. Pseudomonas fluorescens proved to be active against some plant pathogenic fungi such as Curvularia Lunata, Alternaria Cajani, Helminthosporium etc. Being able to inhibit the growth of phyto-pathogenic fungi Pseudomonas may potentially be used as a bio-pesticide. So it was concluded during the study that Pseudomonas can be used as a Bio-pesticide against plant pathogenic fungi and it can also be grown efficiently on agrowaste.

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