Effect of late wilt disease of maize incited by Cephalosporium maydis on lipid and fatty acid contents of maize grains

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The late wilt disease of maize,incited by Cephalosporium maydis ,has reduced the total quantity of oil from 3.81%in healthy grains to 2.20%in the naturally infected grains of the tested cultivars.The sequence of fatty acid content was also disturbed in which the carcinogenic odd chained fatty acid margaric acid C 17 :0 increased from 0.44%in healthy grains to 0.79%in the infected ones. The percentage of the other fatty acids in infected grains either increased by 0.44 in case of myristic and 6.1%in linoleic,or decreased by 1.9%in palmitic,0.8%in stearic,2.4%in oleic and 0.6%in bothe linolenic and arachidic acids.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 10, 1999

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