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Journal of Applied and Natural Science
An International Journal | Print ISSN: 0974-9411 | Online ISSN: 2231-5209
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Journal of Applied and Natural Science 8 (1): 60-62 (2016)
Evaluation of antifungal activity of seaweed extract (Turbinaria conoides) against Fusarium oxysporum
Ameer Junaithal Begum M.*, P. Selvaraju and A. Vijayakumar
Department of Seed Science and Technology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore - 641003 (Tamil Nadu) INDIA
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Abstract : The purpose of the study was to determine the anti fungal activity of seaweed (Turbinaria conoides) extract against root rot pathogen Fusarium oxysporum. Seaweed extract was prepared from the species T. conoides collected from Rameswaram coastal area of Tamil Nadu during December was used for this study. Different concentrations of the extract viz., 5 %, 10 %, 15 % and 20 % was evaluated for their antifungal activity against F. oxysporum using poisoned food technique along with control and carbendazim (0.2 %) as check. No mycelial growth (0 cm) was observed in 15 % and 20 % sea weed extract weed extract treated plates even after 6 days of incubation. Though the visible inhibition of mycelial growth was noticed in all the concentrations, the increased concentration of 15 and 20 % had shown 100 % inhibition. So, the lower concentration of 15 % can be best in controlling the F. oxysporum fungi. GC-MS analysis of seaweed extract showing the presence of several antimicrobial compounds in seaweeds may be the reason for such inhibition.

Keywords :Antifungal,Carbendazim,Fusarium oxysporum,Torbinaria conoides
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