Antifungal activities of neem (Azadirachta indica) seed kernel extracts on postharvest diseases in fruits


Jingfa Wang, Jian Li, Jiankang Cao and Weibo Jiang*

To learn the antifungal effects of neem seed kernel extract (NE) on the post harvest diseases, pathogens of Monilinia fructicola, Penicillium expansum, Trichothecium roseum and Alternaria alternate isolated from the infected fruit were treated with NE in vitro. Results showed that growth of the four pathogens could be significantly (P < 0.05) reduced by NE. The diseases in fruit of plum (Prunus salicina) or Yali pear (Pyrus bertschneideri) inoculated with the pathogens could be prevented remarkably by treated fruit with NE

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