Mycopathologia et mycologia applicata

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 103–107 | Cite as

Effect of some antibiotics on Sclerotium cepivorum Berk., the cause of white rot of onion

  • Abdul Ghaffar


The effect of some antibiotics onSclerotium cepivorum, the cause of white rot of onion was studied in agar culture and soil. The growth ofS. cepivorum was inhibited in Czapek Dox yeast agar containing 50µg of gliotoxin, viridin, actidione and 100µg of patulin per ml of the medium. Lower concentrations of the antibiotics retarded the growth of the fungus. In soil, patulin had no effect in the control ofS. cepivorum infection of onion seedlings. Concentration of actidione of 5µg/g of soil completely controlled white rot infection but severely stunted the growth of onion seedlings; 40µg/g of actidione killed the seedlings. Despite the importance of actidione as a fungistatic agent its use on onion is limited by its phytotoxicity.


Agar Patulin Agar Culture Actidione Gliotoxin 
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© Dr. W. Junk N.V. 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdul Ghaffar
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  1. 1.Department of BotanyThe UniversityKarachiPakistan

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