Tomato is a globally important vegetable crop that is commonly infected by fungal pathogens. Current treatments to protect seeds can be unsafe to people and to the environment. Our aim was to investigate the effect of Neutral Electrolysed Water (NEW) on tomato seeds inoculated with
isolates of Fusarium oxysporum, F. verticillioides, Aspergillus flavus or A. parasiticus. Seeds were exposed to a suspension of 2-2.5 × 106 conidia mL–1 and then treated with NEW at 10, 40 and 60 mg L–1 of available
chlorine content (ACC) for 5, 10, 15 and 20 minutes. Seeds were incubated for three days (Aspergillus isolates) and seven days (Fusarium isolates), after which total conidia were counted. NEW had a cytotoxic effect on conidia. The number of conidia of the four isolates was significantly
reduced (P < 0.001) for the four NEW exposure times at 60 mg L–1 ACC compared with the control, with a trend of reduced conidia counts and viability as ACC increased. Seed germination and seed proximate compositions were not affected by NEW treatment. NEW is a feasible
strategy to manage fungal infections in tomato seeds.
No References for this article.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
NEUTRAL ELECTROLYSED WATER;
Document Type: Research Article
July 1, 2019
This article was made available online on August 20, 2019 as a Fast Track article with title: "Effects of Neutral Electrolysed Water on tomato seeds artificially contaminated with Fusarium and Aspergillus".
More about this publication?
Seed Science and Technology (SST) is one of the leading international journals featuring original papers and review articles on seed quality and physiology as related to seed production, harvest, processing, sampling, storage, distribution and testing. This widely recognised journal is designed to meet the needs of researchers, advisers and all those involved in the improvement and technical control of seed quality.
- Editorial Board
- Information for Authors
- Subscribe to this Title
- Membership Information
- Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites