Publisher: Bachudo Science Co. Ltd

Effect of Fungicides On Fusarium Grain Rot and Enzyme Production In Maize (ZEA MAYS L.)

A. E. Arinze, A. G. Yubedee
KEYWORDS: Fusarium, fungicides, enzymes

ABSTRACT:

Two isolates of Fusarium moniliforme Sheld caused biochemical changes iri maize grains on infection. Infection was achieved by dipping the grains in spore/mycelial suspension of the isolates. Biochemical cQmponents such as levels of starch, sugar, protein, fat, fibre and dry matter were reduced on infection. However other components such as ash and water content increased. The fungicides benlate, calixin, captan, demosan ar:id vinclozolin variously reduced the incidence and severity of grain rot. However benlate, c.alixin and captan. were the most effective. The trio also inhibited the activity of poly9alacturonases arid ce!lulases produced by the two isolates of F. moniliforme.


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