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    Abstract - Issue Nov 2016, 37 (6)                                     Back

nstantaneous and historical temperature effects on a-pinene

Antimicrobial activity of essential oils against seed borne fungi

of rice (Oryza sativa L.)


A.Muthukumar1*, G.Sangeetha2 and R. Naveenkumar1

 1Department of Plant Pathology, Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar-608 002, India

?????????????? 2Senior scientist, Central Horticultural Experiment Station, Bhubaneswar-751 019, India

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 Publication Data

Paper received:

21 September 2015


Revised received:

28 April 2016



20 August 2016



Rice (Oryzae sativa L.)? is one of the most widely cultivated and major food crops of the world. However, despite the use to which it is put, its production is affected by the attack of fungal pathogens. Some of these fungal pathogens move into the field through seeds, ie., they are seed-borne. In the present study, it was observed that Fusarium moniliforme and Helminthosporium oryzae? were present in the seeds of rice, variety ADT 45 and White Ponni. The per cent discolouration varied from 16 to 19. The highest percentage of discolouration (19 %) was found in rice variety ADT 45, followed by White ponni (16 %). A total of two fungal genera were found to be associated with seeds of two different varieties of rice. Among them, the most predominant one was H. oryzae, followed by F. moniliforme. Six essential oils were tested against two rice seed borne pathogens. The results revealed that three essential oils viz., Cymbopogan citratus, Cymbopogan martini and Pelargonium graveolens were found to be more effective and inhibited mycelial growth of the pathogen with least concentration of 0.1% MIC, while other oils such Cymbopogan nardus Eucalyptus globulus and Ocimum sanctum were not effective against the pathogens at these concentration. Three essential oils also increased the germination capacity of treated seeds with 85.6% against control (63.0%).   



 Key words

Antifungal activity, Essential oils, Fusarium moniliforme, Helminthosporium oryzae, Rice seed



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