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Occurrence of pathogenic fungi on commercially available medicinal plants and packaged seeds

Published Online: 02 Feb 2022
Volume & Issue: Volume 67 (2021) - Issue 4 (December 2021)
Page range: 54 - 59
Received: 03 Aug 2021
Accepted: 25 Sep 2021
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
2449-8343
First Published
04 Apr 2014
Publication timeframe
4 times per year
Languages
English
Summary Introduction

Pathogenic fungi decrease the quality of commercially available medicinal plants and packaged seeds. Some of fungal pathogens can produce mycotoxins harmful to human health.

Objective

To evaluate the health status of commercially available medicinal plants and check if packaged seeds of these plants are free from pathogenic fungi.

Methods

An experiment was conducted on potted plants of lemon balm, peppermint and sweet basil, commercially available and intended for direct use by consumers. For microbiological analyses, 100 stems and leaves of each species were randomly taken. Furthermore, the health of 100 seeds of each species was examined using agar plate method.

Results

Ten species and genera of pathogenic fungi were isolated from shoots, leaves and seeds of investigated plants. Some of them are toxin-forming species. Lemon balm was the most infected species.

Conclusion

Bearing in mind the health of consumers, more attention should be paid to the microbiological purity of commercially available medicinal plants and packaged seeds.

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