, Volume 116, Issue 3, pp 199–202 | Cite as

The effects of Penicillium digitatum and Fusarium oxysporum rots on nutritional content of pawpaw (Carica papaya L.)

  • O. A. Oke
  • K. M. Banjoko


Investigations were carried out on the effects of Penicillium digitatum and Fusarium oxysporum on the nutritional value of pawpaw (Carica papaya). Decreases were observed in ash content, phosphorus, sodium, reducing sugars and ascorbic acid levels of fruits infected with P. digitatum, but increases in calcium and potassium content. In fruits infected by F. oxysporium, there were decreases in phosphorus, calcium, sodium ascorbic acid and reducing sugar levels; but the levels of ash content increased. The total protein level increased in the fruits infected with both fungi. These results revealed a reduction in fruit quality.

Key words

Carica papaya Fusarium oxysporum Penicillium digitatum paw paw 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. A. Oke
    • 1
  • K. M. Banjoko
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Botany and MicrobiologyLagos State UniversityOjo - LagosNigeria

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