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Evaluation of Antifungal Activity of Metarhizium anisopliae Against Plant Phytopathogenic Fungi

  • K. RavindranEmail author
  • S. Chitra
  • A. Wilson
  • S. Sivaramakrishnan
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Abstract

An indigenous insect pathogenic fungi Metarhizium anisopliae (TK09) was isolated and evaluated for antifungal activity against phytopathogenic fungi Fusarium oxysporum, Cladosporium herbarum and Curvularia clavata. The dichloromethane (DCM) solvent was used for the extraction of fungal secondary metabolites and was assessed against plant pathogenic fungi at various concentrations ranging 500–1,200 µg/ml by agar disk diffusion method. As a result, the fungal crude metabolite showed the highest inhibitory activity against C. herbarum and lowest to F. oxysporum. Thus, the overall results suggest that isolate TK09 may be used as a control for plant pathogens and insects pest as well.

Keywords

M. anisopliae Insecticidal activity Antifungal activity Plant pathogens 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Ravindran
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. Chitra
    • 1
  • A. Wilson
    • 1
  • S. Sivaramakrishnan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biotechnology, School of Life SciencesBharathidasan UniversityTiruchirappalliIndia

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