Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Study of seed-borne fungi of Vigna sinensis during storage


Deepti Sharma

Recieved Date: 2022-09-10, Accepted Date: 2022-12-22


The present investigation was undertaken to find out the seed borne fungi associated with the seeds of Vigna sinensis during storage. The stored seeds of Vigna sinensis has been selected for conducting the experiment as seeds of this crop are edible, providing high content of protein, minerals, fibers and low content of fats in addition to sufficient quantity of calcium, iron, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, phosphorus essential in daily human diet. It is well established fact that the seeds are invaded by the fungi during storage. The effect of storage fungi on the cowpea seeds resulted in suppression in their germination. These fungi afflict seed deterioration which are reflected by various physiological, biochemical and cytological changes in seeds. Seed borne storage fungi though saprophytic in nature, affect biochemical disorder and pathological symptoms in the seedlings of crop plants. Healthy seeds procured from freshly harvested crops were collected in sterilized polyethene bags. The collected samples were stored up to 18 months in small earthen pots, gunny bags and metal container. The seeds were taken out from different storage containers periodically at an interval of three months and the percentage frequency of fungi isolated from the seeds of Vigna sinensis was made by blotter and agar plate methods. The fungi associated with these seeds were Alternaria alternate, Aspergillus flavus, A. niger, A. terreus, Curvularia lunata, Drechslera australiensis, Fusarium oxysporum, Macrophomin phaseoli, Penicillium citrinum, Rhizopus nigricans and sterile hyphae. Seed moisture was maximum in the rainy season followed by a gradual decrease during longer storage. A gradual decrease in field fungi with simultaneous increase in storage fungi accompanied by a reduction in germinability occurred in all seeds as storage proceeded.


 Vigna sinensis seeds, storage fungi, isolate, seed germination, moisture percent

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2023
Volume: 21
Issue: 1
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 58-62

Full text for Subscribers

Note to users

The requested document is freely available only to subscribers / registered users with an online subscription to this Journal. If you have set up a personal subscription to this title please enter your user name and password ( All abstracts are available for free.

Article purchasing

If you like to purchase this specific document such as article, visit the site Software and compilation, Science & Technology, all rights reserved. Your use of this website details or service is governed by terms of use. Authors are invited to check from time to time news or information.

Purchase this Article:   20 Purchase PDF Order Reprints for 15

Share this article :