Identification and control mycopathogens associated with storage of five horticultural produce in evaporative coolant-vegetable basket
Iwuagwu, C. C., Mbah, B. N. and Nwogboga, A.C
Five freshly harvested horticultural produce: two fruit vegetable-tomato and okra and three leafy vegetables- Celosia, Amaranthus and Telfairia were stored in the vegetable basket –an evaporative coolant system. Disease incidence .frequency and severity were scored after the storage of each produce. Spoilage micro-organisms were isolated and identified. Fungicides: Benlate, Thiram and one botanic leaf powder-Peperomia pellucida plant were used for control of pathogens. In tomato: Fusarium moniliforme and Rhizopusspp were isolated. Fusarium moniliforme was isolated from okra fruits;Aspergillus niger, Fusarium moniliforme and Cladosporium fulvum were isolated from Celosia leaves while Fusarium moniliforme and bacterium spp were isolated from Amaranthus leaves. In Telfairia spp: Helminthosporium spp was isolated. The fungicides showed no significant effect in controlling the disease spread in the test materials.