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Asian Journal of Plant Sciences
Year: 2007  |  Volume: 6  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 712 - 714

Antifungal Activity of Seselin in Protecting Stored Maize from Aspergillus flavus

Norma C. Cardenas-Ortega, Cuauhtemoc Perez-Gonzalez, Miguel A. Zavala-Sanchez, Abhril B. Hernandez-Ramirez and Salud Perez-Gutierrez    

Abstract: The aim of the present study to evaluate the activity of seselin on A. flavus. Seselin, a coumarin, was isolated from hexane extracts of aerial parts of Decatropis bicolor. Seselin exhibited fungistatic activity against Aspergillus flavus at a concentration of 31.25 μg mL-1. When tested on stored maize var. Cacahuazintle, it was found that seselin, at 1.0 and 2.0 mg of seselin/100 g of grain, offered the same degree of protection against A. flavus as that offered by daconil (100 mg) or propionic acid (0.2 mg).

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