EFFECT OF TEMPERATURE, pH AND ESSENTIAL OILS ON THE MYCELIAL GROWTH OF RHIZOCTONIA SOLANI Kühn (CANTHARELLALES: CERATOBASIDIACEAE) ISOLATES

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December – January, 2020/21, vol. 10, no. 3
pages: 461-466
Article type: Microbiology of Microbiology
DOI: 10.15414/jmbfs.2020.10.3.461-466
Abstract: This research aimed to study diversity among a collection of Rhizoctonia solani strains, isolated from many crops in Morocco, based on radial mycelial growth on potato dextrose agar (PDA) at different pH and temperature levels. The in vitro antifungal efficacy of essential oils (EOs) derived from aromatic and medicinal plants of Thymus vulgaris, Origanum compactum, Rosmarinus officinalis, Eucalyptus sp., Salvia sp., Cistus ladanifer and Lavandula stoechas was also evaluated by measuring the mycelial growth of this plant pathogenic fungus after placing active mycelial plugs of each strain on Petri dishes using a disc diffusion method of EOs. The Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) of each EO was also determined. The growth rates observed under different temperatures and pH levels varied among isolates and did not show similar responses for the same levels of the two growth parameters. However, the maximum mycelial growth of the majority of isolates was reached between 20 and 30°C as well as at pH 7. Among the EOs tested, the results revealed that EO of Thymus vulgaris and Origanum compactum were very effective on controlling R. solani strain RS1 with growth inhibition rate of 75,9% and 60,6%, respectively. The MIC of these EOs was at 0.03%. According to the gas chromatography analysis, Carvacrol (61.8%) and thymol (47.8%) are the major constituents of O. compactum and T. vulgaris EOs, respectively, suggesting that these natural compounds have important potential to control R. solani and could be useful for developing effective organic fungicides.
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