Three commercial pea varieties were studied for the presence of seed associated fungi and their impact on germination percentage of peas. Seed samples were also treated with Chlorox (1%), hot water (52°C for 12-13 min), fungicide (Vitvax @ 1 g kg-1) to study their efficacy. Out of the 12 fungi isolated from pea seed samples, Alternaria sp., Fusarium sp., Aspergillus sp., Penicillium sp. and Rhizopus sp., were found in high frequencies and among them Alternaria sp., had highest frequency i.e., 38, 27 and 67% in pea varieties, Matter Mateore Local, Matter Mateore Holland and Rondo, respectively under control. These mycoflora were found to cause an average decrease of 17.7% in germination of pea seeds. Pea variety Rondo showed highest infection percentage followed by Matter Mateore Holland and Matter Mateore local. Least infection percentage of local variety shows the increased resistance of local material as compared to exotic varieties and demands more research to utilize its potential. Fungicide treatment gave better results as compared to other treatments.
Nasim Begum, Kashif Zeeshan Alvi, M. I. Haque, Muhammad Usman Raja and Sobia Chohan, 2004. Evaluation of Mycoflora Associated with Pea Seeds and Some Control Measures. Plant Pathology Journal, 3: 48-51.